In September 2022, the four projects funded under the joint JPI Oceans-JPI Climate call “Next Generation Climate Science in Europe for Oceans", met at the BELSPO heaquarters in Brussels to discuss their mid-term progress and discuss next steps. The executive directors of both JPI Climate, Petra Manderscheid, and JPI Oceans, Thorsten Kiefer, were present at the meeting to ensure a direct link from the projects to the JPIs.
At the meeting, the project coordinators outlined the achievements, impact and next steps of each project. The scientific outcomes of the projects are all related to how small-scale observations could be used to improve climate models, provide coastal or ecosystem services and identify gaps to overcome in climate science.
The participants had a chance to explore synergies and similarities in their research, discuss common challenges, and potential for future collaboration through thematic roundtables. Possible themes identified for collaboration centered on extreme event detection such as marine heatwaves, mixed-layer variability and mixed layer depth. In particular, projects were asked to assess their societal and policy impact, the main obstacles encountered in project implementation, and how JPI Climate and JPI Oceans can support the achievement of their goals going forward.
The mid-term report containing a summary of the meeting and main highlights from each project is available to consult here.