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[31 March 2015]

New Publications from NACLIM scientists in various journals  

Nature Climate Change | Effects of long-term variability on projections of twenty-first-century dynamic sea level

Mohammad H. Bordbar, Thomas Martin, Mojib Latif and Wonsun Park

Progress in Oceanography | Arctic Ocean circulation, processes and water masses: A description of observations and ideas with focus on the period prior to the International Polar Year 2007-2009

Bert Rudels

Progress in Oceanography | Circulation and transformation of Atlantic water in the Eurasian Basin and the contribution of the Fram Strait inflow branch to the Arctic Ocean heat budget

Bert Rudels et al.

Journal of Climate | Influence of the North Atlantic SST Variability on the Atmospheric Circulation during the Twentieth Century

Guillaume Gastineau and Claude Frankignoul

Read more [>>]

[2 March 2015]

New Publication in Science of the Total Environment: A study of the hourly variability of the urban heat island effect in the Greater Athens Area during summer

Accepted on 17 February 2015, H. Hooyberghs and B. Maiheu from NACLIM CT4 are the co-authors.

Abstract: Measurements of air temperature and humidity in the urban canopy layer during July 2009 in 26 sites in Athens, Greece, allowed for the mapping of the hourly spatiotemporal evolution of the urban heat island (UHI) effect. City districts neighboring to the mountains to the east were the hottest during the afternoon, while being among the coolest during the early morning hours. While during the early morning some coastal sites were the hottest, the warm air plume slowly moved to the densely urbanized center of the city until 14:00–15:00, moving then further west, to the Elefsis industrial area in the afternoon. Results from the UrbClim model agree fairly well with the observations. Satellite-derived land surface temperature (LST) data from AATSR, ASTER, AVHRR and MODIS, for pixels corresponding to ground stations measuring Tair, showed that LST can be up to 5 K lower than the respective Tair during nighttime, while it can be up to 15 K higher during the rest of the day. Generally, LST during late afternoon as acquired from AATSR is very near to Tair for all stations and all days, i.e., the AATSR LST afternoon retrieval can be used as a very good approximation of Tair. The hourly evolution of the spatial Tair distribution was almost the same during days with NE Etesian flow as in days with sea breeze circulation, indicating that the mean wind flow was not the main factor controlling the diurnal UHI evolution, although it influenced the temperatures attained. No unambiguous observation of the urban moisture excess (UME) phenomenon could be made.

Read more [>>]

[2 March 2015]

New Publication in Urban Climate: UrbClim – A fast urban boundary layer climate model

By Koen De Ridder, Dirk Lauwaet, Bino Maiheu from CT4, accepted on 07 January 2015.

Abstract: We present a new urban climate model, further referred to as UrbClim, designed to cover agglomeration-scale domains at a spatial resolution of a few hundred metres. This model is composed of a land surface scheme containing simple urban physics, coupled to a 3-D atmospheric boundary layer module. In the land surface scheme, urban terrain is represented as an impermeable slab with appropriate parameter values for albedo, emissivity, and aerodynamic and thermal roughness length, and accounting for anthropogenic heat fluxes. The UrbClim model is subject to several validation exercises, using observations from Toulouse (France), Ghent and Antwerp (Belgium), and Bilbao (Spain), and considering turbulent energy fluxes, wind speed, and urban–rural temperatures. Despite its simplicity, UrbClim is found to be of the same level of accuracy than more sophisticated models, including for the complex terrain characterizing the Bilbao area. At the same time, it is faster than high-resolution mesoscale climate models by at least two orders of magnitude. Because of that, the model is well suited for long time integrations, in particular for applications in urban climate projections.

Read more [>>]

[3 February 2015]

New Publication in Nature Climate Change: Arctic warming will promote Atlantic–Pacific fish interchange

Published online 26 January 2015, Steffen Olsen from NACLIM CT3 is one of the co-authors. View the article at Nature Online

Warming Arctic enables exchange of fish species among Pacific and Atlantic. [The Carbon Brief] For millions of years, fish species in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans have stuck resolutely to where they belong, kept from venturing between oceans by the cold water of the Arctic.

But new research suggests a warming Arctic could soon see fish putting aside their differences and bridging this chilly divide. And this could have implications for native species and commercial fisheries, the researchers say. Read more [>>]

[2 February 2015]

New Publication in Nature Communications: Wet or dry future Sahel? Difference between extra-tropical and tropical ocean warming will give the answer...

A new study entitled “Northern-hemispheric differential warming is the key to understanding the discrepancies in the projected Sahel rainfall” by Jong-yeon Park, Jürgen Bader und Daniela Matei (CT1) was recently published in Nature Communications. They considered the question of whether the Sahel will be wet or dry in the future and found out that the difference between extra-tropical and tropical ocean warming will be decisive.

The work was financially supported by the German BMBF RACE and MiKlip projects in the frame of an internal MPI-M project Tropical VIBES, with contribution from NACLIM scientist Daniela Matei.

Learn more on MPI homepage

[12-13 January 2015]

CT2 (Monitoring of North Atlantic parameters)

Meeting scheduled on 12-13 January 2015 focusing on the upcoming deliverables, Venue @ Mittelweg 177 Hamburg.

Agenda and relevant documentation are available only in the member only area
For questions please contact the project [>>]  or organizer  [>>]  

[16 December 2014]

Updated Newsletter and Status Report for End-Users online:

Newsletter Q4 2014 | Status Report Q4 2014

Updates are available quarterly, the series of newsletters and reports can be viewed at
Urban Impacts

[08 December 2014]

Brochure for End-User online

The North Atlantic and Climate - The links between ocean, climate and the impacts on urban society...The data collected in NACLIM will be used to validate and run global climate models (GCM). NACLIMS's partner VITO uses the GCM data to run urban climate models with much higher resolutions and restricted spatial scales (e.g. cities). The output of the VITO urban climate model can be mapped against socioeconomic factors to create heat risk maps and understand the socioeconomic costs of heat waves in urban environment... More information about science in NACLIM and impact on urban societies can be viewed here:

[Flyer in English] or [Broschur in Deutsch]

[28 November 2014]

Updates in the website!

  • Meeting minutes and more of End User Meeting in Berlin are now available in Intranet
  • All presentations of the Annual Meeting in Berlin are online [>>]
  • UHI of the thrid quarter 2014 report for WP4.1 end-users is now online [>>]
  • CT2 series on Labrador Sea western boundary current transport at 53° N updated [>>]
  • List of publications updated [>>]
  • Changes in the leadership of the CT2 and of the WP2.1: Karin M. H. Larsen (HAV) replacing Svein Osterhus (Unires) as lead in WP2.1.
    CT2 now led by Johannes Karstensen (GEOMAR) and Karin M.H. Larsen (HAV) [>>]
  • Changes in WP 6 project management: Chenbo Guo replacing Chiara Beazotti [>>]

Hotel Aquino, venue of the annual meeting 2014

[17 October 2014]

Annual Meeting in Berlin: talks now online

We've published online all the talks of the Berlin meeting. Thank you for joining the meeting. It was good to see you all there and to listen to the interesting talks.


[1 September 2014]

Junior-Akademie: adventures in oceanography for school pupils

Transfer of knowledge from scientists to school pupils taking place at the Junior Akademie, a summer school on oceanography.

Scientist Mirjam Glessmer tells more about this experience and the experiments in her blog:

Nice videos and graphics, well done Mirjam!

[23 August 2014]

Article on"Tuna follow global warming to Arctic" published by Sunday Times of London

Sunday Times journalist Jonathan Leake recently ran an article based on Brian MacKenzie and Mark Payne (DTU) research paper describing the arrival of bluefin tuna off Greenland. Download the Sunday Times article [>>]

[21 August 2014]

NACLIM is on Twitter!

Follow us on Twitter, if you have an account, and we will be happy to follow you too and re-tweet your tweets. Our account is: @NACLIM



[20 August 2014]

Bluefin tuna caught at east Greenland

Brian MacKenzie (DTU Aqua) "We have recently published a research paper showing that bluefin tuna were present at east Greenland in summer 2012. This location (approx. 65.5 deg. N.) is much farther north than its usual summer feeding habitat, but the warm conditions that year seemed to be suitable for the tuna. The warm water also attracted some of the tuna's favorite prey, such as Atlantic mackerel. This is the first time bluefin tuna have been reported so far north in Greenland water". For more details, go to the Media Center [>>]

[19 August 2014]

Re-installing moorings in the Labrador and Irminger Sea: NACLIM group on RV THALASSA 6-26 August 2014

The NACLIM cruise MSM40 on board French vessel RV THALASSA started on the 6 August 2014 in St. Johns, Canada. 14 scientists are on board to primarily re-install a number of moorings in the Labrador and Irminger Sea. The observations contribute to the scientific analysis in the NACLIM WP2.2 (Transports in the subpolar North Atlantic), but also contribute to other efforts such as the “Overturning in the Subpolar North Atlantic Program” (OSNAP), the Canadian VITALS project, the US “Ocean Observation Initiative” (OOI) and the German “Regional Atlantic Circulation and Global Change” (RACE) project.

[25 July 2014]

The second status report UHI (second quarter 2014) is now available

UHI stands for "User requirements and service specifications". The aim of this document is to update the NACLIM WP4.2 end-users on a quarterly basis on the progress of the work and the planned activities for the next period.

Read the report [>>]

[22 July 2014]

Deliverables due on 1 October 2014: templates available

This is the list of the deliverables (& scientists in charge) to be provided to the project office by 1 October 2014:

The templates can be found in this zipped file (download)

[16 July 2014]

First NACLIM progress report is available

This is a report covering the first 18 months of the project (Nov.2012-April 2014) and includes detailed information of the different work packages, the management report and update on the overall activities of the project.

The report has been sent to the EC with the financial reports in June 2014. A review of the EC on the activities and results is planned for summer 2014.

Download the report (PDF)

[6 May 2014]

New deliverables online

The latest deliverables' reports are now online:

  • in the intranet you find the full list and all the linked documents [>>]
  • In the website you find those accessible to a wider audience [>>]

[27 March 2014]

NACLIM at EGU: WP4.2 presents the case studies for Antwerp, Berlin and Almada, EGU, 28-29 April 2014, Vienna (AT)

EGU abstracts of the interventions of Catherine Stevens and Bart Thomas : Download zipped file

  • Extraction of Urban Morphology Parameters from Generic European
    Datasets: A Case Study for Antwerp, Berlin and Almada
  • Urban Impact Assessment and Adaptation Strategies to Climate Change
    in Europe: A Case Study for Antwerp, Berlin and Almada

[21 March 2014]

Joint CT1-CT3 topical meeting, 19-20 March 2014, Hamburg (DE)

The meeting was held at Max Planck and saw the participation of scientists of the core themes 1 and 3. 

Goals of the meeting: providing an overview of work in progress and/or future work planned regarding 'influence of SST/sea ice on atmosphere and atmospheric predictability; atmospheric influence on SST/sea ice.

Discussing how to identify possible cross-institutional collaboration and joint studies, like extending analysis to more than one mode.

Read more and access the presentations [>>]

[3 March 2014]

The North Atlantic Climate: what we need to find out... a short video-story

This video is a short introduction to the main challenges our researches face in their investigations on climate variability in the North Atlantic. This is the first video of three, the others will follow in 2014-2016 and explain the impacts of climate variability on human health (heat stress in cities) and on oceanic ecosystems.

Target audience: General public

[3 February 2014]

Report on Arctic research funded by the European Union

The European Union has supported polar research through a large number of collaborative projects, among others NACLIM and THOR, read more [>>]

[12 February 2014]

3rd End-User Meeting, 10-11 February 2014, Brussels (BE)

The representatives of the three cities (Almada, Antwerp and Berlin) acting as end-users for the WP 4.2 met in our scientists for an update on thee progress in the implementation of the urban climate simulations. Presentations and reports on the event can be accessed in the intranet [>>]

[20 January 2014]

Progress report on first 12 months of the project now available

This is a summary report of the progress achieved in the work packages in these first 12 months of activity (November 2012-November 2013). In addition to this, the report offers a look forward indicating the plans for the upcoming 12 months. Read the full report [>>]

[11 November 2013]

IPCC Climate Change 2013, The Physical Science Basis: Summary for policy makers

WG1 Contribution to the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change can be downloaded from this page of the IPCC website Here you can either download the full report in PDF; or access the specific chapters. 

In the same page, you can also find another document (30 pages) in PDF, addressed to policy makers. This is the "Summary for policy makers", in its version of 11 November 2013. This summary follows the structure of the WG I report and the narrative is supported by a series of overarching highlighted conclusions which provide a concise summary. Main sections are introduced with a brief paragraph in italics outlining the methodological basis of the assessment.

[24 June 2013]

The EU Adaptation Strategy

[MCCIP News June 2013] "Adaptation to climate change is crucial for reducing the risk and damage from current and future impacts of climate change in a cost-effective manner and to exploit potential benefits. The European Commission adopted an EU strategy on adaptation on 16 April 2013.  The European Union (EU) has published its first climate adaptation strategy, based on three main themes: promoting action by member states, ‘climate proofing’ EU–level action; and providing better information to support decision–making."

Consult the EU Adaptation Strategy Package [>>]

[5 June 2013]

NACLIM Gender Panel: first interim report on gender indicators

In the first 6 project months (1 November 2012-30 April 2013), 27 women have been working for the NACLIM project.  This corresponds to approx. 43% of the entire workforce employed by the project in this corresponding period.

Read the full report in the section "Deliverables & publications" [>>]

[23 May 2013]

NACLIM was at the  event "The Atlantic- A shared resource" 23-24 May 2013, Galway (Ireland)

Gerard McCarthy (NERC/NOC) represented the NACLIM project at the Galway event.

The objective of this event was to provide a vision for enhanced cooperation on both sides of the Atlantic and a set of jointly agreed priority actions to provide the means to achieve these goals. Recognizing the essential role of international partnership to achieve shared objectives and the potential of greater cooperation to advance our knowledge of the Atlantic Ocean, the Irish Presidency together with the European Commission invited the involvement of international partners in tackling the challenges confronting the citizens of the North Atlantic coastal states. Realising this potential demands not only the ability to make observations and obtain data, but an understanding of ecosystem functioning and interactions and an ability to model, forecast and predict the ocean system. 

-Detlef Quadfasel (scientific coordinator) and the NACLIM poster-

[29 April 2013]

NACLIM poster showing at the Hamburg City Hall

A poster of the NACLIM project has been presented to the public on 29 April, day of the opening of the Europawoche in Hamburg. A PDF version of the poster can be downloaded here (in German only).

The show includes posters of all FP7 projects and ERC grants seeing the participation of institutions located in this geographical area, either as coordinator or as project partner.

All posters can be seen in the foyer of the Hamburg city hall until the end of May 2013. The exhibition is open to the general public. 


[24 April 2013]

Follow-up of the EGU sessions 2013: presentations and posters by NACLIM scientists

Several presentations and posters have been presented at the EGU sessions in Vienna, in early April 2013. Details and documents for download can be found here [>>]

[23 April 2013]

CT1/CT3 Meeting: successfully held on 22-23 April 2013, Hamburg (DE)

Goals: Get an overview of what the different groups plan to do, identify and discuss what needs and what can be done in cross-institutional collaboration, data exchange, open access requirements

Audience: This meeting is addressed to all scientists of the CT1 and CT3

All presentations of the meeting available in the intranet [>>]

[ 5 April 2013]

Ocean Circulation in the North Atlantic: why it is important for Scotland

Our partner Marine of Scotland (MSS), April 2013 has published a new topic sheet on the Ocean circulation in the NA: the document is meant to be understandable to the wider audience and highlights MSS work and relevance to the Scottish public: download the file in PDF or visit the Marine of Scotland website

[20 March 2013]

Three cities selected for the case study on urban impacts

Three are the cities selected for the studies on the urban impacts in the WP 4.2 "Impact on urban societies". End-users have been selected in the three cities to become the NACLIM case studies. Read more [>>]

[7 March 2013]

Project fact-sheet and NACLIM flyer online

We have published in February the first version of the NACLIM fact-sheet. Part of its content have been also now made available in the 2013 version of the NACLIM flyer. Both documents will be updated on a 18-month basis with the achievements of the project and are available in the Media Center section of the website [>>]

[7 Febr. 2013]

CORDEX 2013: International conference on regional climate 4-7 Nov. 2013, Brussels

The European Commission together with the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and IPCC is organising his international conference. The Conference will start with a High Level Event, comprising the presentation of the IPCC WG I Report (AR5) in the presence of the EU Commissioners, for Research & Innovation, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard. This will be followed by a Stakeholder Session, involving regional policymakers and representatives of various business sectors. The unique setting of this Conference, in particular on the first day, provides a special opportunity for participants from policy and business sectors to meet science and to discuss key issues related to climate change.

For more information and registration, please consult the webpage:

[25 Jan. 2013]

CT2 Meeting: 5-6 March 2013, Hamburg (DE)

We are planning a two-day NACLIM CT2 meeting in Hamburg, at the Institute of Oceanography, on 5 and 6 March 2013 to make plans for the coming field season and new publications. A more detailed agenda will follow soon.

This meeting is addressed to all scientists of the WP 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3

Please confirm your attendance to:

[4 Jan. 2013]

Article upon NACLIM project in Spektrum der Wissenschaft

Michael Gross, science writer, published an article on the findings in the THOR project -now finalized- and the expectations for the NACLIM project in a German science magazine, Spektrum der Wissenschaft. Read the article [>>] 

NACLIM project is financed by European Commission through the 7th Framework Programme for Research, Theme 6 Environment, Grant Agreement 308299

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