Climate Change and Impact Research: The Mediterranean Environment (CIRCE)

Submitted by Sukaina Bharwani | published 25th Mar 2011 | last updated 1st Oct 2015
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Climate Change and Impact Research: the Mediterranean Environment (CIRCE) was an Integrated Project, funded under the European Commission's Sixth Framework Programme from 2007-2011. CIRCE  involved more than 60 partners in the Mediterranean region (including Europe, North Africa and the Middle East). CIRCE developed climate projections and impact assessments (including physical and social impacts) in the Mediterranean area.

Objectives:

- to predict and to quantify physical impacts of climate change in the Mediterranean area;

- to evaluate the consequences of climate change for the society and the economy of the populations located in the Mediterranean area;

- to develop an integrated approach to understand combined effects of climate change;

- to identify adaptation and mitigation strategies in collaboration with regional stakeholders

Home Page: CIRCE

SEI Oxford's role in the project

SEI Oxford worked on induced responses including identification and analysis of adaptation options: major contributions have been the Circe Foundation Papers on adaptation (see below) and the Climate Adaptation Options Explorer (ADx) prototype tool.

Watch online video tutorials developed by SEI:

SEI Oxford co-coordinated WP13.2 with the sustainable development institute IDDRI, based in Paris. IDDRI have completed a report entitled "The future of Mediterranean. From impacts of climate change to adapatation issues", which provides a synthesis of work on adaptation in CIRCE.

In the section below you will find information on a number of case studies, coordinated by local partners, to inform the use of decision analysis tools, methods and concepts.

Case study briefings:

Here are some briefing notes produced by the CIRCE partners. These documents report climate issues in the case study regions and are organised into coastal, urban and rural contexts.

Context Case study
urban Athens
urban, coastal ALEXANDRIA (URBAN) AND THE WEST NILE DELTA (COASTAL), EGYPT
urban beirut
rural, agriculture Apulia
rural, agriculture THE JUDEAN FOOTHILLS
rural, agriculture, water Tel Hadya
rural, agriculture Tuscany
coastal THE GULF OF GABÈS
coastal THE GULF OF ORAN
coastal THE GULF OF VALENCIA

 

More detailed assessments are included in the Regional Assessment of Climate Change in the Mediterranean (RACCM) report (to be published by Springer in 2013)