Dear Blue-Action,
Welcome to the Blue-Action Autumn 2017 newsletter!

It has been a busy few months for Blue-Action! Many partners have published new papers, attended, conference, and have welcomed new project staff. You can find the details of all of these project happenings below.

We have also confirmed the dates of the 2018 Blue-Action Annual Assembly. It will take place on January 18th-19th 2018 in Bologna, Italy. A preliminary program is available on the project intranet. Be sure to register your attendance using this link.

Happy reading!
Several Blue-Action partners attended the 2017 Arctic Circle event in Reykjavik, Iceland, October 13-15. Jens Hesselbjerg Christensen (U Copenhagen) was a panelist in a plenary session on "Arctic Science: from research to practice", while Daniela Domeisen (GEOMAR) participated in the EU Arctic Cluster session on 'Climate change, science, and safeguarding the Arctic environment'. Peter Vangsbo (CKIC) hosted a breakout session highlighting the opportunities offered by climate services, which included presentations from Mark Payne (DTU) and Øivin Aarnes (DNV GL).

News from Blue-Action Partners

  • Vilena Valeeva will present WP5 and the Russian Arctic case study at Arctic Frontiers Science in Tromsø, 23-25 January 2018.
  • Ben Moat presented WP2 research at the ACSIS-OSNAP-RAPID Joint Science Meeting, 19-21 September 2017 in Oxford.
  • Daniela Domeisen, Mark Payne, Øivin Aarnes, and Peter Vangsbo presented Blue-Action at the 2017 Arctic Circle assembly in Reykjavik, Iceland. October 13-15, 2017.
  • A number of Blue-Action partners met to discuss climate tipping points in September in Oxford, UK.
  • Didier Swingedouw contributed to the IPCC Special Report on Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, to be published in 2019. Didier also discussed Blue-Action during a breakout session of the last IPCC meeting in Fiji.
  • WP2 hosted a virtual meeting Friday 29th September, 2017. A summary of the meeting is available online.
  • Raeanne Miller presented Blue-Action at the UK Arctic Conference, September 19-21, 2017
The 2018 Blue-Action project meeting takes place 18-19 January 2018, in Bologna, Italy.
Click here to register!

New Blue-Action publications

Payne, M., Hobday, A.J., MacKenzie, B.R., Tommasi, D., Dempsey, D.P., Fässler, S.M.M., Haynie, A.C., Ji, R., Liu, G., Lynch, P.D., Matei, D., Miesner, A.K., Mills, K.M., Strand, K.O., and Villarino, E. (2017). Lessons from the First Generation of Marine Ecological Forecast Products. Frontiers in Marine Science.

Below: Map of existing marine ecological nowcast and forecast products, from Payne et al.(2017). For details, see 
New Project Staff

Welcome to:
  • Paolo Ruggieri who will be working with CMCC on WP1 and WP4
  • Martin King, at Uni Research, working on WP1
  • Ying Dai and Rohit Ghosh, working on WP4 at MPI
  • Marion Devilliers, who will be starting work with Didier Swingedouw in April 2018.
  • Postdoctoral researcher at WHOI: The Blue Action U.S. partners at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) are recently funded by the National Science Foundation to contribute to the Blue- Action.  They are looking for a postdoctoral investigator to join their team (! "

Remember to advertise vacancies on Euraxess: this is a must for H2020 projects!
Blue-Action partners presented on climate services, Arctic Circle 2018.
Upcoming Events

Find a full list of upcoming events on the project intranet and website.

Yamal Oil and Gas 2040 Workshop

Ilena Nikitina, Vilena Valeeva, Kathrin Kiel and colleagues working on the 'Yamal Oil and Gas 2040' project are hosting their first scenario planning workshop on 7-8 December, 2017, in Moscow. This series of three workshops aims to explore the future of oil and gas development in the Yamal-Nenet Autonomous Okrug and possible consequences of different scenarios for the region's economy, business, environment, climate, and people. Find out more about this workshop on the Blue-Action website.

International Workshops on Seasonal to Decadal Prediction

The Second International Conference on Subseasonal to Seasonal Prediction (S2S) and Second International Workshop on Seasonal to Decadal (S2D) Prediction will take place at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado, USA. September 17th-21st 2018.

For details, see
Upcoming deliverable deadlines:
  • D8.7 SEG Knowledge Exchange 1, December 1st 2017
  • D5.7 CS2 End-User requirements report, December 1st 2017
  • D5.11 CS3 Requirements specifications report, December 1st 2017
  • D5.16 CS4 Report on Marine Fisheries Climate Services Workshop, December 1st 2017
  • D5.20 CS5 Arctic Stakeholder Map, December 1st 2017
  • D5.2 CS1 Model information utilisation report, December 31st 2017
  • D5.3 CS1 Assessment methodology report, December 31st 2017
  • D6.1 First joint workshop to (re)formulate open research questions of joint interest, January 1st 2018
Newly available completed deliverables:
The deliverables submitted so far to the EC can be downloaded from the website, in the Reports section:
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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