WP6 – Communication and outreach


Image12The main aim of WP6 is the dissemination of project results at different levels, going from the scientific community to the general public. From that transfer we shall generate criteria and requirements to steer our research towards present and future coastal “conflicts”, especially those linked to high-end climate change. To this end we shall address three main targets: i) the scientific community dealing with climate, impacts and coastal zone processes; ii) authorities and decision makers (at local to regional and global levels) that can use the project findings and conclusions/approach useful for policies, with emphasis on climate related issues where the EU may need scientific support; iii) users and stakeholders from all economic sectors converging in coastal zones, including also the general society (public) living and using the littoral fringe, whose hinterland may reach most of the EU due for instance to transport or tourism supported by the coastal “space”.

Following this the objectives of the WP can be summarized by:

• To enhance the impact of project results, promoting the interactions with public and private groups

• To be instrumental for achieving (at local scales) more efficient and adaptive coastal interventions

• To be instrumental in EU policy for coastal adaptation under future climate scenarios (at European and global scales)

Our overarching objective is to enhance the scientific and social awareness about the projections of future climate impacts in the coastal zone. For that purpose we shall be producing a set of guidelines for cross scale assessments (Deliverable 1.4) and a report on generic adaptation road maps (Deliverable 4.2). In the same line we shall be producing a working paper on direct economic impacts (Deliverable 5.1), on the general equilibrium effects of climatic factors (Deliverable 5.2) and on dangerous climatic factors (Deliverable 5.3). Finally we shall be preparing within the project three policy briefs on a) effective interventions and adaptation strategies under climate change (Deliverable 6.8), b) European policy for coastal adaptation under extreme climate (Deliverable 6.9) and c) coastal impacts and climate change at the global scale (Deliverable 6.10). This list summarizes the project output that will be made publicly available through the project web site and that could be potentially interesting for the EU-Climate Adapt platform.

Description of work and role of partners

This WP will include all activities related with the transfer of project results from academia to society and the corresponding feedback. Regarding the research community we shall specifically address the most active groups in climate, coastal and other related sectors (civil engineering, economic management…) since our results should be of interest for more generalist type of assessments, covering wider areas but at a different level of robustness and accuracy. There will result technical guidance for assessing coastal impacts, vulnerability and adaptation (VIA), that will be consistent and contribute to the forthcoming generic guidance of PROVIA (Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation).

The emphasis of RISES-AM- and this WP in particular will be on the proactive transfer of results to participative forums, where we shall organise one workshop per assessment case (see Table 1.1 in DoW Part B) and one “visible” project session per year in one of the recognised international conferences where the partnership members play an organising role. We shall also liaise with on-going research projects dealing with related aspects of climate and vulnerability (e.g. successful proposals to the Belmont Forum call on coastal vulnerability where the partners participate or other projects in this call). RISES-AM- will be connected to international organizations and projects (through existing contacts in the partnership), that will be also present in the project ITAB Board described in WP7.

For the dissemination to authorities and decision-makers, this WP will co-develop, together with coastal users (based on the forums to be organised for each of the assessment cases), a series of policy briefs targeted at various types of decision makers acting at the different scales covered in the project. This will result in policy-oriented guidance for assessing coastal impacts, vulnerability and adaptation for coastal managers and planners at (i) local scale, (ii) EU scale and (iii) global scale. To promote this dissemination, there will be a specific policy driven presentation of results with one policy oriented forum in each of the participating EU countries plus one of the third countries involved in RISES-AM-, to support climate discussions at all levels. The role of these interactive presentations will be, in all cases, to enhance dissemination and to provide feedback to the project, increasing its visibility and the confidence in climate/impact projections (based on quantitative assessments for climate-driven problems in coastal areas).

These efforts will facilitate the communication of policy related results for the adaptation of coastal environments to extreme climate, based on the planned dissemination activities and including the three policy briefs described in tasks 6.2, 6.3 and 6.4. They encompass the use of innovative and effective interventions for coastal adaptation and sustainability and how that may affect the European and global adaptation policy for coastal areas in the face of increasing climatic impacts.

In summary our dissemination plan will encompass a) coastal end-users and stake-holders, b) scientists from other research projects and c) the international climatic and coastal communities. After a critical search at the project beginning to widen the transfer “domain”, we shall apply our dissemination plan that comprises (see also WPs 3 and 4):

• A modelling and integration workshop in month 6 in the Netherlands.

• A set of coastal and climate workshops by month 11 at each of the participating countries.

• An adaptation and policy workshop in month 30 in the UK.

• Specific dissemination sessions at each of the yearly meetings in months 12th, 24th and 36th to be held in the UK, Belgium/Netherlands and Spain and where we shall invite potential interested parties from those and neighbouring countries.

In addition we shall organize the 6 month and yearly meetings in a rotating pattern, so that most of the countries are visited and a larger audience of interested users and stakeholders establish links with the partnership. This will supplement the planned output in scientific journals, international and national conferences and general media dissemination (see WP 6).

We will invite representatives from other projects to participate in our modelling and adaptation workshops in months 6th and 30th. We plan to organize the second year meeting in Brussels. This will provide the additional benefit of linking directly with other EC interested parties once the RISES-AM output is gaining momentum and visibility. Finally we have foreseen the participation of one RISES-AM researcher in three meetings organized by other projects during the 3 year interval in which all the projects will be active.

To perform this work the WP has been structured into one general and three specific communication-oriented tasks.

Task 6.1. Dissemination of project results ( UPC plus all partners through all WPs)

Start: Month 1, End: Month 38

This task comprises all the subjects related with the dissemination of project results at different levels. It includes  the building and maintaining of a web page (Deliverable 6.1) to diffuse project activities and results and to gather external input for the project, with a specific window for that purpose (Milestone 19); the web access will be monitored throughout the project to control the actual transfer of information. A leaflet and a poster summarizing the project as well as the expected results will be generated and distributed among scientific institutions, public administrations and potential (administrations and general public) interested end-users (Deliverable 6.1). Another aspect contemplated in this task is the publication of project results in i) scientific journals and/or conferences, ii) general scope magazines and newspapers, iii) Master level courses (run by the partners such as for instance the EU Erasmus Mundus Master COMEM) and iv) TV, radio and web forums.

We shall jointly define a communication strategy (in concentric progressive circles from researchers to general public, see Section B3.1) to maximise the dissemination and impact of RISES-AM- results, showing the value of a scientific based approach for the coastal zone under a changing climate. This work includes organising a “Coast and Climate” workshop per assessment case (Milestone 17) with participating scientists, policy-makers, and practitioners involved in climate change impacts and adaptation planning. Here we shall also organise policy-oriented meetings to disseminate RISES-AM- results. The collection of such meetings plus the “Modelling Workshop” in month 6 (WP3) and their findings will be described and analysed in a report (Milestone 18) to be used in support of the project dissemination plan.

The expected results can be summarized by (Deliverables 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5, 6.6 and 6.7):

i) An operational webpage permanently actualized and monitored (during the project duration)  ii) A leaflet and a poster describing the project and its expected results and offering cooperation with on-going  research and interested young researchers (e.g. Ph D positions)

iii) Dissemination plan with list (initial) of stakeholders

iv) Collection of project publications (including those from the project related sessions in selected conferences)

v) Collection of project demos

vi) Collection of Master level class notes, including selected project results

vii) Set of workshops and meetings for the assessment cases

viii) Collection of information fact-sheets at the start of the project and at the end of years 1, 2 and 3. Whenever  possible we shall add to this collection a short video and/or reusable illustrations targeting a wider public  audience

ix) Collection of minutes and action points from the dissemination meetings with stakeholders, including the  modelling initial workshop and the adaptation roadmap final workshop

x) Collection of fact sheets summarizing the project development produced after each of the two general project  meetings (months 18 and 36)

We also intend to work with other projects funded by this Call. To facilitate this linkage, we shall establish  a collaboration group from the start of the projects (including key members from each project) and inviting  representatives from the other projects into our Advisory Board and to participate in relevant project meetings  or workshops. We shall also establish a name and brand (logo) for the collaboration, including a top level web  page from which the individual web site of the 3 projects can be entered (see also Task 7.2 and Section B2 in  DoW Part B). Finally we shall discuss the possibility of organizing together with the other 2 projects a common  approach (e.g. a joint summer school) for dissemination to early career researchers.

Task 6.2. Innovative and effective interventions and adaptation (Deltares, UPC, IRTA, GeoEcoMar, HZG)

Start: Month 18, End: Month 29

The aim of this activity is to translate the scientific results of the project into a set of practical guidelines about  adaptation strategies to climate change based on the induced coastal zone impacts. The emphasis will be on  the value of adaptation pathways for coastal managers and policy makers. They will consider time evolution in  climate and “responses” and will be condensed into a policy brief (Deliverable 6.8) based on the collection of  impacts (Milestone 20) without (WP 3) and with (WP 4) additional adaptation for our set of assessment cases.

We shall provide information detailed enough to approach coastal conflicts at local scale, together with the  implications and feedback to regional and global scales. The emphasis will be on supporting informed decisions  (e.g. by the EU representatives) on adaptation measures for “downscaled” climate scenarios and showing the  value of the novel measures and adaptation paths developed during the project.

Task 6.3. European policy for coastal adaptation (CAU, IRTA, SOTON, UPC, NOC-NERC, VU-IVM)

Start: Month 27, End: Month 32

This task intends to translate the project results into a set of recommendations about adaptation strategies (to  high-end climate induced impacts) for coastal zones and the implications for Europe. It will be based on the  efficiency and contribution to climate mitigation of the developed adaptation paths, including the novel types  of coastal interventions. This will require aggregating the project results for the wide fan of geographic and  socio-economic sectors considered, with emphasis on the policy implications (from present and towards future  generations). The resulting brief (Deliverable 6.9) will identify which are the most suitable adaptation policies  to climate change to be adopted along the European coastal zone and the possible example or implications  for other regions (e.g. Mediterranean basin, including the Black Sea and the northern coast of Africa, with  representation or close links to the partners).

Task 6.4. Coastal impacts and climate change at a global scale (GCF, UPC, SOTON, VU-IVM)  Start: Month 30, End: Month 35  The aim of this task is to translate the project results into a set of general conclusions and recommendations  about climate impacts and adaptation strategies based on efficiency, improvement of risk levels and perception  and, as in the previous section, the contribution to climate mitigation. It will address the present adaptive  deficit of the coastal zone world-wide and the possible contribution of European technology to mitigate this  situation under future high-end scenarios. It will be specifically addressed to high-level decision makers (EU)  in climate-related forums, but it will also be of value for National and Regional (even local or Municipal) policies  since it will provide a new level of climatic impact assessments showing the value of adaptation pathways and  “green” types of coastal interventions.

This will be done in the form of a policy-oriented brief (Deliverable 6.10) where the main findings of the project  (in terms of impacts, vulnerability and adaptation strategies) will be clearly presented and illustrated with  actual assessment results. The emphasis will be on the quantified uncertainty intervals and the across scales implications for future development and preservation of coastal zones worldwide.