Blue-Action Newsletter Spring 2018
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Welcome to the Spring 2018 Blue-Action newsletter!

SAVE THE DATE for the Blue-Action General Assembly - 27-29 NOVEMBER, 2018 - Almada, Portugal!

Also in this newsletter:

  • Info about the upcoming Annual Meeting in November 2018
  • Details about Interim Reporting to the EC
  • New Blue-Action publications & research outcomes
  • Guidance on how to upload documents to Zenodo - a requirement!
  • Invitation for expert review on IPCC SROCC

Happy reading!

3rd Blue-Action Annual Meeting

The 3rd Blue-Action Annual Meeting will take place 28-28-29 November 2018 in Almada, Portugal.
  • The event will start at 9:00 on Tuesday 27th November, 2018
  • The event will close at 12:00 on Thursday 29 November, 2018.
  • A draft agenda will be made available soon on Redmine

Project News

  • Bogi Hansen (HAV), Laura de Steur (NIOZ), and Svein Osterhus (UIB) represented Blue-Action at the 16th ASOF-ISSG Meeting and Workshop, Paris, 25-27 April 2018
  • Chiara Bearzotti and Raeanne Miller attended the EU-PolarNet General Assembly, Tallinn, Estonia. 
  • Blue-Action was well represented at the Workshop on Cryospheric Extremes, 25-27 April, in Helsinki, FI. Joan Ballester (IS Global), Shuting Yang (DMI), Torben Schmith (DMI), and Daniela Domeisen (ETH) attended. 
  • Blue-Action partner DMI has issued an open invitation for collaboration on Arctic research, including a video featuring one of our project coordinators, Steffen Olsen. You can watch the video here.
Upcoming Events
  • Polar 2018 Open Science Conference, Davos (CH), 15-26 June 2018. Daniela Domeisen (ETH) and Mikahil Dobrynin (UHH) will be attending on behalf of Blue-Action. More details here.
For a full list of upcoming events, head to the Blue-Action website and the project intranet.
Missing an event? Add it to our calendar on the intranet.

Project Vacancies

  • Reminder: All vacancies must be advertised on Euraxess: this is a must for H2020 projects!
Chiara Bearzotti, Jan-Stefan Fritz, and Raeanne Miller attended the first EU Arctic Cluster meeting in Brussels on April 17th. The EU Arctic Cluster is comprised of 9 Horizon 2020 and FP7-funded projects: Blue-Action, APPLICATE, ARICE, EU-PolarNet, ICE-ARC, iCUPE, INTAROS, INTERACT and NUNATARYUK. The European Polar Board also serves as an associated partner to the cluster.
Interim Reporting on Blue-Action to the EC
Our first Progress Report to the European Commission must be submitted to the EC by 31 July 2018 (not negotiable!). This reporting includes a progress (activity) and a financial report. The reporting period covers the period 1 Dec 2016-31 May 2018 (month 1 to month 18).

The activity report consists of three components:
a) Description of the activities implemented at TASK level, full track of work done/objectives achieved/impacts achieved in terms of deliverables, milestones
b) The full list of dissemination activities at WP level. This means each WP should report on the progress achieved PER TASKS in the first 18 months, with links to the Zenodo records where the presentations have been uploaded (Wiki> Use of Zenodo).
c) Update of the data management plan at WP level. The document was drafted in month 3, this version needs to updated now. This is to be updated.

There is a report template available in Redmine (WIKI>European Commission Review)

Submission: WP leaders collect the information from the partners on implementation of tasks, dissemination activities of the PIs, data management and send the report to Coordination.
Internal deadline to deliver the draft to the coordination by 15 June 2018 to the Project Office (Chiara).

Financial report
A full financial report for each partner organization is due to the EC by 31 July 2018. The reporting period covers the period 1 Dec 2016-31 May 2018 (month 1 to month 18).

Templates in the Participant Portal as soon as the EC activates the reporting session in the Portal.

Submission by each partner organisation (financial officers) to Coordinator via the Participant Portal by this deadline. Deadline for delivery to the EC is by 31 July 2018 at the latest!

Review:  The EC will read our submission and call the WP leaders for a review in Brussels, date to be decided, expected mid-Sept. WP leaders and co-leaders are required to attend.

New Blue-Action Publications

Find the full list of Blue-Action publications here.
Figure 4 from Arthun et al. 2018. Geophys. Res. Let. DOI: 10.1002/2018GL077401
Forecasting Hornfisk catches based on citizen science data
Mark Payne and his team at DTU have produced a new climate service, forecasting catches of Hornfisk based on data collected through a citizen science program. As more data is collected, they will investigate how differences between years are related to annual differences in sea temperature and currents, an to climate change. The figure below shows how catch rates for hornfisk change over the course of the year, peaking in May. For more information, visit (in Danish).
Blue-Action Yamal 2040 Series hosts its second workshop
Stakeholders and scientists developed scenarios of possible futures for the Yamal-Nenets region, Arctic Russia, during a two-day workshop held in Potsdam, 22-23 March 2018. The workshops series is led by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), in cooperation with Foresight Intelligence and the Primakov National Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the Russian Academy of Science (IMEMO), within the case study 5 of the Blue-Action WP5.

The case study looks at the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug: a region with substantial ongoing and planned petroleum and shipping activities. At the workshop stakeholders from business, NGOs, media, and academia co-developed three different scenarios as to what the region could look like by 2040. The Yamal scenarios were developed through structured group communications, incorporating diverse insights including: climate predictions; environmental, social, and cultural concerns; economic opportunities; and political and legal developments. By using the Foresight Methodology, stakeholders engaged in an interactive process  which enabled mutual learning and allowed participants to constructively address cognitive biases, so that they could reflect on alternative developments in the future. At the third workshop in September 2018, stakeholders will learn how to use the developed scenarios in their decision-making to better adapt to the uncertain changes in the future of the Yamal region.

Zenodo: please upload your Blue-Action presentations

Have you presented Blue-Action at a meeting? Remember to upload your presentation on Zenodo so that we caninclude it in our EC 18 month reporting.

Need help? Click here to find out how to upload documents to Zenodo.
  • All dissemination materials must be stored in Zenodo with your ORCID

  • We need to give evidence of the dissemination activity we do in the project to the EC especially now that the progress report is due!

Guidelines for uploading to Zenodo can be found on Redmine, click here for more info!

Acknowledging Blue-Action Publications

Remember to acknowledge Blue-Action in your peer-reviewed publications by including Blue-Action in the acknowledgements section of the publication using one of the following sentences:
  • "This article has been co-funded by Blue-Action. Blue-Action project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 727852"
  • "This research was supported by the Blue-Action project (European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, grant number: 727852)
Blue-Action publications must be made 'Open-Access'. See the EU H2020 rules for open access publication here.

When a manuscript is accepted for publication, inform Chiara Bearzotti ( and Raeanne Miller (
Invitation for expert review - IPCC SROCC 1st Order Draft
The IPCC is now inviting experts to express their interest in acting as reviewers for the First Order Draft of  the IPCC Special Report on Oceans and the Cryosphere in a Changing Climate.  The draft report will be available for review from 4 May 2018 to 29 June 2018.

Register online to participate:

Registration closes on 22 June 2018.                                 
Upcoming deliverable deadlines:
  • D5.21 Case Study 5 environment scanning workshop and report
  • Progress reports for ALL WPs covering month 1-18
Newly available completed deliverables:
  • MS4 Guidelines on how to quantify extremes in models using EVT
  • D8.7 Societal Engagement Group Knowledge Exchange 1
  • D5.2 Case Study 1 Model information and utilisation report
  • D5.3 Case Study 1 assessment and evaluation methodology report
  • D6.1 First joint workshop to (re)formulate open research questions of joint interest "Tipping elements in the climate system, with a focus on the North Atlantic
Public deliverables submitted so far to the EC are available on Zenodo and Redmine (intranet).
Confidential deliverables are only available on Redmine.
The Blue-Action project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 727852
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