Blue-Action Newsletter 
View this email in your browser

Blue-Action Autumn Newsletter 2020


We have an exciting focus this quarter on the hidden skills of our members, with a newsletter dedicated to the art-science interface. How can we use the arts to understand climate complexity?

We also highlight some of the recent publications, and events coming up over the next few months. Finally, at the end of an interesting summer, we look back at some of the events that were successfully moved online, with thanks to all the team who have been so adaptable this year.

Here we highlight some of the many publications this year that acknowledge Blue-Action, published in collaboration with partners, projects and organisations across the world. Congratulations to all the authors!

Early Warning from Space for a Few Key Tipping Points in Physical, Biological, and Social-Ecological Systems
In this review paper, Swingedouw et al. explore the latest results concerning a few key tipping elements of the Earth system in the ocean, cryosphere, and land realms, namely the Atlantic overturning circulation and the subpolar gyre system, the marine ecosystems, the permafrost, the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, and in terrestrial resource use systems. 

This paper also proposes a few research avenues concerning the use of remote sensing data and the need for combining different sources of data, and having long and precise-enough time series of the key variables needed to monitor Earth system tipping elements.
North Atlantic climate far more predictable than models imply

This exciting new paper, led by Doug Smith at the Met Office, UK, and involving several Blue-Action authors, assesses retrospective climate model predictions of the past six decades and shows that decadal variations in North Atlantic winter climate are highly predictable, despite a lack of agreement between individual model simulations and the poor predictive ability of raw model outputs.

These results highlight the need to understand why the signal-to-noise ratio is too small in current climate models, and the extent to which correcting this model error would reduce uncertainties in regional climate change projections on timescales beyond a decade.

Mechanisms Underlying Recent Arctic Atlantification

This recent paper by Helene Asbjørnsen et al. describes the recent “Atlantification” of the Arctic, which is characterized by warmer ocean temperatures and a reduced sea ice cover. They determine the relative importance of transport of heat by ocean currents (ocean advection) and heat exchanges between the atmosphere and the ocean (air‐sea heat fluxes) in warming the Barents Sea and Fram Strait.

In the ice‐free region, ocean advection is found to be the main driver of the warming trend due to increasing inflow temperatures between 1996 and 2006. In the marginal ice zone and the ice‐covered northern Barents Sea, ocean advection and air‐sea heat fluxes are found to be of interchanging importance in driving the warming trend through the 1993–2014 period analyzed. A better understanding of the recent warming trends in the Barents Sea and Fram Strait has implications for how we understand the ocean's role in ongoing and future Arctic climate change.

Important reminder

If you are part of the Blue-Action team, please don't forget to let us know about your publication or outreach success!
In this newsletter, we are shining a light on the art-science interface, and the growing importance of learning and sharing between disciplines. We begin with sharing an exciting upcoming Blue-Action event where practitioners and researchers are coming together to share knowledge and insights. Finally, we showcase the diverse talents of some of our Blue-Action team- who demonstrate that science and art can coexist and thrive. 
Upcoming event, 18th November 2020

In this collaborative online workshop, Blue-Action are working with Creative Carbon Scotland to bring together scientists and artists to discuss how we can use arts to explore and understand complex climate science. You do not need to be an expert in either sphere, an interest in participating in the discussions is more than enough! To register, please click here. Places are running low- if you are keen to be involved then you can also reach out to, or the outcome from the workshop will be posted on the Blue-Action website afterwards. 
Can you be a scientist and an artist?

When we posed this question to the Blue-Action team, the answer was unequivocal! 

Many of our team use their science as inspiration for environmentally-themed art, or use art as a way of relaxing from work. Check out some of the examples from the team below- and if you also have art you would like to share, we would love to hear from you.
Oceanographer Femke de Jong from the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Netherlands, is also a creator of silver jewellery.

Femke explains
"They are inspired by nature, geometric shapes and sometimes by my work. I enjoy both making something beautiful from scratch and learning new techniques. The focus needed to work on a project takes my mind off other things."

The example on the left is inspired by mooring arrays, in particular the schematic of the LOCO mooring in the Irminger sea, which was part of Femke's PhD thesis.
Martin King from University of Bergen was keeping busy during lockdown sketching the view from his window (right).

Martin likes to sketch in pencil, but also uses colour pencils with black paper, or occasionally watercolours. 
Ilona Mettiäinen from the University of Lapland also uses her science knowledge to inspire her art. 

She has exhibitions on her photography work on science communication through photoplay, visualising some possible and impossible worlds that may result from climate changes. 

Ilona adds: "I see that art is very important in conveying science to various audiences."
The problem for Iuliia Polkova from the University of Hamburg, Germany, was selecting which of her many art projects to share!

Iuliia explains:
"I like very much giving old cloth a second life. The example here is a bag made of a research poster. I found that idea particularly useful, and offer my colleagues to recycle their old posters."

Iuliia also sews her own clothes from old material, sketches, paints with acrylic and uses photoshop.
Jennifer Mecking from the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, UK is another researcher with an array of artistic pursuits. 

Jenny exhibits origami made from research papers, the ultimate mix of art and science. As a future project, she is taking figures from Blue-Action papers and folding a new 3D model.

Jenny also crochets, and bakes cakes with a science theme. A recent cake design featured sea surface data temperature from climate models. 
Policy briefing on Tipping Points, Extreme Events and Uncertainty
Blue-Action teams organised a European Parliament policy briefing event on how studying the Arctic can help us predict future European Climate beyond the mean, in partnership with European Climate Research Alliance and the European Parliament Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development.

The event  included a panel discussion with Blue-Action partners, hosting MEPs Urmas Paet and Christel Schaldemose, ECRA representative Lars H. Smedsrud, Greenland Representative Mininnguaq Kleist and European Commission representative Sigi Gruber. 

The presentations from the briefing can be downloaded here, and the recording of the event is available here.

Climate Services Webinar
Bee Berx, Mark Payne and Noel Keenlyside and Hannah Grist from Blue-Action delivered a successful webinar on ocean observations and predictions in response to the climate emergency, as part of the #ClimateThursdays climate services webinar series. You can watch the full webinar and see the presentations here.
Winter tourism webinar
Mettiäinen and Martin Coath shared the results from a Blue-Action case study at a collaborative webinar led by PROSNOW and with partners Climateurope and Copernicus. The event on climate services relevant to winter tourism is available to watch here.
The winter tourism case study has also now been completed, and held a workshop with potential users of the winter tourism industry in Finland in October 2020. The team in the case study are now preparing a business strategy to launch this service on the Finnish market. To find out more about the "SnowApp", look at the leaflet here
Blue-Action Annual Meeting
The Blue-Action annual meeting took place 3rd - 5th November 2020 online. Over three days, the team participated in breakout workshops, plenary presentations of new science, and discussions on creating impact from research. 

The annual meeting is always a great opportunity to bring the project team together and share knowledge, and this year was no exception. Congratulations to all the participants on your hard work over the past year, and especial thanks from the whole team to project manager Chiara Bearzotti for successfully moving the whole meeting online. 
Future events
ClimateScience2Policy workshop
17th - 18th Nov 2020

Blue-Action are participating in a high-level event organised by the European Commission to share recommendations from climate science directly to policymakers. The main goal is to identify and discuss key policy-relevant messages and research requirements to achieve the climate targets of the European Green Deal, as well as other climate change related policies and programmes
Arctic Futures Symposium
30th Nov - 2nd Dec 2020

Arctic Futures aims to create discussions and best practice exchanges between Arctic stakeholders with diverse backgrounds and perspectives. The symposium takes place online this month, and registration is open here
All-Atlantic Research Forum
3rd - 4th Dec 2020

The Forum will provide a platform for a diverse audience, ranging from policy makers, research leaders and academics to entrepreneurs and the youth, to engage in inspirational topics relating to the Atlantic Ocean. Register here.
Briefing: Forecasting fish distribution and abundance in the Atlantic Ocean
3rd Dec 2020

This briefing seeks to promote a discussion of the societal and policy implications of fish forecasting in the Atlantic Ocean between scientists, Members of the European Parliament, national representatives, Commission officials, and other interested stakeholders, including the fishing industry and NGOs. It is co-organised by 3 Horizon 2020 funded research projects working on climate predictions in the marine environment: Blue-Action, TRIATLAS and Mission Atlantic.

To join the discussion, please register


Scientist - Data Assimilation and Integration, ECMRF
The position is in the Earth System Assimilation Section of the Research Department. The Scientist will work in the Data Assimilation Methodology team and will be co-managed by the CAMS Development Section in the Copernicus Department. Deadline 19/11.

Ocean Modeller, CMCC
This position is for two Ocean Modellers (i.e., Post Doc or Junior Scientist for research career at CMCC) with strong knowledge of coastal processes and unstructured grid modelling, and programming skills. Deadline 30/11.
This position is for a 2-year Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the field of data assimilation of sea ice. The successful candidate will be affiliated with the project SIRANO (Sea Ice Retrieval and data Assimilation in NOrway,, funded by the Research Council of Norway. 
The 2020 edition of Arctic Yearbook is released on 11th November at the virtual edition of Arctic Circle. Including a piece by Blue-Action authors titled Decadal predictions to climate services: how understanding climate change in the Arctic can support climate adaptation decision making across the Northern hemisphere, the journal contains articles on geopolitics from global origins to regional responsibilities. Read this year's edition here

All Blue-Action's open access publications and documents are available in the Zenodo open-access repository.

Check out the latest presentations and reports in our Blue-Action community here, and remember you can use the search bar to find specific results within the community, sort results by date, use key words or filter by type. 

Please contact us if you would like further information about any publications or cannot find what you are looking for. 
The Blue-Action project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 727852
Copyright © 2020 Blue-Action, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp