Launch of SOCLIMPACT to reduce the effects of climate change on European islands
Reducing the effects and the socio-economic impact of climate change on EU islands while improving climate projections and economic models in the period 2030-2100. This is the objective of the SOCLIMPACT project, funded by Horizon 2020, in which Italy is involved through ENEA, CMCC, University of Bologna and ANCI Sardegna.
Activities include pilot studies on a sample of 12 European islands and archipelagos with different natural environments and climate scenarios to assess specific Blue Economy sectors, in relation to the European decarbonization strategy for the definition of corresponding climate change adaptation pathways.
The project also aims to carry out a cost-benefit analysis of possible and sustainable strategies, defining a methodology that can also be applied in continental coastal contexts.
Gianmaria Sannino, head of ENEA Laboratory of Climate Modelling and Impacts, explained: “We will coordinate the climate modelling activities and will contribute to the definition of innovative environmental indicators to promote the sustainable development of the islands. For example, indicators will be developed that will take into account coastal erosion caused by climate change, sea level rise and temperature rise. In addition, the new climate simulations produced in SOCLIMPACT will expand the international databases currently available”.
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) involves 24 European partners coordinated by Universidad de las Palmas de Gran Canaria.