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Published: 22 March 2013  
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Countries involved in the project described in the article:
Belgium  |  Chile  |  Denmark  |  Finland  |  France  |  Iceland  |  Italy  |  Netherlands  |  Norway  |  Poland  |  Switzerland  |  United Kingdom
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EU researchers make crucial input to climate change forecasts

Research by the EU-funded ICE2SEA project allowed the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to make more accurate projections of future sea level rises.

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The rate of sea level rise is an important indicator of the effects of climate change and the potential impact on coastal communities. ICE2SEA’s research, which concluded in November 2013, was reflected in the IPCC’s fifth report.

The report captures the current state of scientific knowledge on climate change. It will serve as the main input into international negotiations at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, France starting 30 November 2015.

ICE2SEA’s research fills a crucial gap in scientific knowledge by allowing a more accurate calculation of the rate of ice loss from the ice-sheets of Antarctica and Greenland and glaciers around the world caused by global warming.

Project coordinator David Vaughan of the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) says ICE2SEA’s research methodology and models of ice sheets are currently being used and refined by other researchers in the field.

For example, ICE2SEA’s research supported the creation of the Randolph Glacier Inventory, the first complete global inventory of glaciers. A current NERC project on the Filchner ice shelf in Antarctica is following up on research from ICE2SEA, says Vaughan.

“Scientific papers are still being published applying ICE2SEA’s models to wider geographical areas,” he says. “The project’s legacy continues in many areas of research.”

Project details

  • Project acronym: ICE2SEA
  • Participants: United Kingdom (Coordinator), Denmark, Greenland, France, Netherlands, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Chile, Finland, Norway, Poland
  • Project N° 226375
  • Total costs: € 13 635 613
  • EU contribution: € 9 994 842
  • Duration: March 2009 to November 2013

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