Research projects

Blue-Action – Arctic impact on weather and climate

The project is dedicated to the Arctic and the Northern Hemisphere to describe, model and predict the weather and climate of the regions and their teleconnections on seasonal to decadal time scales. This information will allow communities and businesses in Eurasia and North America to develop and plan their activities better.

Future Earth, Ocean.

C3S_34c – Prototype Service for decadal climate predictions

The Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) currently includes operational predictions for seasonal timescales, as well as infrastructure for accessing climate projections for centennial timescales. In this project prototype services for climate predictions targeting the time horizon of years to decades ahead will be developed. The goal is to develop precursors for decadal prediction services targeting the time horizon when climate variability and anthropogenic climate change are expected to have comparable magnitude, and thus both need to be carefully considered and combined in creating outlooks of relevance to users. The work in this tender will demonstrate capability and applicability of predictive information on such timescales and complement related activities underway in the research community. Each partner, DWD (Germany), BSC (Spain), UKMO (United Kingdom) and CMCC (Italy), will work on a different climate service tailored to the needs of a specific stakeholder, thus covering four different sectors, respectively: infrastructure, agriculture, insurance and the energy sector. In particular, CMCC collaborates with ENEL Hydropower to develop a prototype service based on multi-model decadal predictions.

CHANGE GAME – A game-based learning solution, which helps to raise awareness and improve understanding of the complex transformational challenges faced by humanity when dealing with climate change

”Change Game” is an innovative, interactive tool for educating children (12+) and young adults about climate change. It leverages the potential of video games to represent the complexity of the climate system and its interactions with humankind and with natural ecosystems. Scientifically grounded, the game aims to encourage a debate inside and outside the classroom about the system innovations required to become a net zero emissions and resilient society. Accompanying materials will support teachers and educators in their facilitative role, helping them foster a better understanding about the underlying assumptions that govern the climate change process. Such a participatory process will also encourage the identification of innovative solutions to reduce emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change. Change Game will be developed in collaboration with Melazeta SrL, a company specialized in the design and implementation of applied games for educational and marketing purposes.


A project aiming at coordinating and supporting Europe’s knowledge base to enable better management of climate-related risks and opportunities, thereby creating greater social and economic value.

Future Earth, Global Policy, Jobs & Growth.

COACCH – CO-designing the Assessment of Climate CHange costs

COACCH (CO-designing the Assessment of Climate CHange costs) is a project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and carried out by a consortium of 14 European organisations. COACCH will develop an innovative science-practice and integrated approach to co-design and co-deliver an improved downscaled assessment of the risks and costs of climate change in Europe, working with end users from research, business, investment, and policy making communities throughout the project.

Future Earth, Energy, Global Policy, Jobs & Growth.

CRESCENDO – Coordinated Research in Earth Systems and Climate: Experiments, kNowledge, Dissemination and Outreach

CRESCENDO will improve the science based foundation of European Earth System Models (ESM) to produce robust, credible and trustworthy climate projections for the coming century within the framework of the World Climate Research Program’s (WCRP) 6th Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP6). The use knowledge and data produced by an ensemble of ESMs will support the development of effective climate change policies and will contribute to the resilience and competitiveness of European Countries.

Future Earth, Global Policy.

ETC/CCA – European Topic Centre on Climate Change impacts, vulnerability and Adaptation (2019-2021)

The ETC/CCA is a Consortium of European institutions that supply thematic expertise to the European Environment Agency (EEA) working at the interface between science and policy, in support to policy development and implementation in the area of climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation across Europe.

Cities & Coasts, Energy, Future Earth, Inequalities, Jobs & Growth, Water, Food and Land Use.

HIGHLANDER – High performance computing to support smart land services

Through the use of High Performance Computing, HIGHLANDER will make it possible to process data and generating climate forecasts and projections to reduce the risks associated with climate change, for a more intelligent and sustainable management of natural resources and the territory.

SAM-PS – Study on Adaptation Modelling

DG Climate Action awarded this tender to a group pf 4 partners lead by CMCC. SAM-PS project focuses in a broad and comprehensive manner on adaptation modelling. Its overall objective is to support better-informed decision-making on adaptation, which is among the priority areas of the EU Strategy on adaptation to climate change.

SOCLIMPACT – DownScaling CLImate imPACTs and decarbonisation pathways in EU islands, and enhancing socioeconomic and non-market evaluation of Climate Change for Europe, for 2050 and beyond

The SOCLIMPACT consortium involves 24 partners, many of them coming from 12 European islands and archipelagos: European Small States Islands: Cyprus and Malta; European islands: Baltic Islands, Balearic Islands, Siciliy, Sardinia, Corsica, Crete; European Outermost Regions: Azores, Madeira, Canary Islands and French West Indies. They all have different key competences, including the study of climate change impacts, climate and economic modelling, social sciences, marine biodiversity, climate policies and the islands and of the outermost European regions. From Climate Change projections to the design of adaptation options, SOCLIMPACT repasses the Impact-Vulnerability-Adaptation chains, improving the modelling tools, developing the interrelations between steps, adapting this framework to the case of islands, and improving its transfer to decision makers.

WINDSURFER – WIND and wave Scenarios, Uncertainty and climate Risk assessments for Forestry, Energy and Reinsurance

Extreme winds pose major risks to life, property and forestry, while extreme ocean waves can impact on offshore infrastructures and coastal communities. WINDSURFER is a 3-year project that will bring together eight leading research institutions across Europe to co-develop new methods, tools and assessments of extreme wind and wave risk with a focus on the Insurance, Forestry and Energy sectors.

Water, Food and Land Use, Cities & Coasts, Energy, Future Earth, Ocean.

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