The Italian Ministry of University and Research (MIUR) together with the Fondazione Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici (CMCC) and the core group members of the two European Joint Programming Initiatives "Connecting Climate Knowledge for Europe" (JPI Climate) and "Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans" (JPI Oceans) supported by ERA4CS project have organised a workshop on the operationalisation of the Knowledge Hub (KH) on Sea Level Rise.
Due to the COVID-19 the workshop, which was originally supposed to take place in Bologna (Italy), was held as a video conference on 22-23 April 2020, two-and-a-half hour sessions per day. The first day, which was open to external experts, convened more than 70 participants from 15 European countries. Participation on the second day, which was focused on operational discussions and restricted to the JPI Oceans and JPI Climate members, and the respective funding authorities, saw the active involvement of 44 representatives from 15 countries. The workshop agenda is available here.
The workshop demonstrated the great importance of providing a networking platform to promote research, exchange, synthesis, integration and generation of knowledge on regional and global, historic and future sea level rise to support development and implementation of related policies at local, national and European level.
The KH on Sea Level Rise will facilitate the interaction between research and policy professionals with different disciplinary backgrounds and expertise by assessing and communicating recent scientific and socio-economic developments. The KH will actively contribute to the ongoing debate providing scientific knowledge for the political agenda and public arenas.