Issue # 24 - September 2008
 Dutch Delta Commission on Climate Change and Water Management
Climate change is not only the subject of impressive movies or magazine filling topics. All the effects and related subjects to climate change are indeed an important issue to take into account on both individual, societal and political level.
In the Netherlands the latter has been taken up by the Deltacommissie (Delta Commission), a modern version of the Deltacommission that was created after the devastating flood of ’53.
What did this new Deltacommissie do?
Safety against flooding, but also water shortage, environment and economy are main subjects in the report. Water management is based on sustainability principles related to economic development, new energy sources and improvement of quality of life.
In other words, the commission underlines risks, dangers and future (pessimistic) scenarios, but it also points to opportunities created by the new water management strategy.
The report pays also attention to cross-border water systems: the Wadden Sea, Rhine, Maas and Westerschelde. For this reason too the report is interesting for other countries.
For more information in English you can visit the website of the Deltacommissie or check the summary and advice from the report on the website of European Waternews.




National news in this issue
Aflysning af DANCORE-mødet den 9. oktober
YPEP Seminar on Marine Invasive Species
Info on FP7 Calls
SPICOSA International Forum 2008
Advanced NMA Course on Applying Microsatellite Techniques to Aquatic Systems
41st Int. Liège Colloquium on Ocean Dynamics / Science-based Management of the Coastal Waters
MCCIP - Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership
MCCIP Short Survey Questionnaire: adaptation to climate change at the coast and in our seas


International news is in this issue
Dutch Delta Commission on Climate Change and Water Management
YPEP echoes
DISSEMINATION OF FP7 RESULTS THROUGH THE COASTAL WIKI
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 YPEP echoes
Stylianos Flampouris from GKSS in Hamburg spent one month in the Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory in Loverpool. He has some great experiences to share with you:

“When you set out on your journey to Ithaca,
pray that the road is long,
full of adventure, full of knowledge.[…]”

The Young Professional Exchange Program (YPEP) of ENCORA platform offered me the opportunity to visit for one month the Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory (POL) in Liverpool.
From one hand, leaving my home institute, GKSS Research Center, for POL, the scientific expectations were already known and predefined. POL has a few hundreds of scientists who are open to discussions and with whom the direct contact is beneficial, in addition the institute is located in the center of the Campus of the University, therefore the spiritual and scientific fusion is apprehensible. The concrete scientific results of this visit is a chapter in my doctorate dissertation (some preliminary results can be found in the Coastal Wiki), but the main benefits are the impact on my way of thinking, the sharing of ideas with people who have common interests and in general the extension of my scientific horizon.

I've had the opportunity to appreciate the conclusion of C. Cavafy at Ithaca (1911) and I will keep extending my understanding of the significance of this trip.

“[…] And if you find her poor, Ithaca has not deceived you.
Wise as you have become, with so much experience,
you must already have understood what Ithacas mean.”






 DISSEMINATION OF FP7 RESULTS THROUGH THE COASTAL WIKI
A few weeks ago the 3rd call of the FP7 Environment programme has been published. Several topics are related to the ENCORA themes, and are interesting for the ENCORA community:

ENV.2009.1.1.6.1 Integrated methodology providing a common platform for an improved assessment of climate change impacts, vulnerability and related cost effective adaptation measures
ENV.2009.1.1.6.3 Climate change impacts on the marine environment: research results and public perception
ENV.2009.2.2.1.1 Options for Ecosystem-based management
ENV.2009.2.2.1.3 Support to "Maritime Partnership"
ENV.2009.2.2.1.4 Integrated Coastal Zone Management
ENV.2009.3.1.6.1 Innovative coastal defence technologies
ENV.2009.4.2.1.1 Network of excellence for Impact Assessment Tools
ENV.2009.4.2.3.1 Assessment of economic instruments to enhance the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity
ENV.2009.4.2.3.2 Enhancing connectivity between research and policymaking in sustainable development
ENV.2009.5.1.0.2 Knowledge transfer and uptake of EU-research results

The Coastal Wiki is an excellent tool for disseminating new insight gained in projects related to these topics. This is also the opinion of the European Commission, as reported in an earlier E-News. Some basic notions regarding the above topics can already be found in present Coastal Wiki articles. We call on consortia preparing proposals for the 3rd call to consider the Coastal Wiki for dissemination of their results; this will help to keep the Coastal Wiki state of the art and to enhance the utilisation of project results in policy and practice.




National news is in this issue
Aflysning af DANCORE-mødet den 9. oktober
YPEP Seminar on Marine Invasive Species
Info on FP7 Calls
SPICOSA International Forum 2008
Advanced NMA Course on Applying Microsatellite Techniques to Aquatic Systems
41st Int. Liège Colloquium on Ocean Dynamics / Science-based Management of the Coastal Waters
MCCIP - Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership
MCCIP Short Survey Questionnaire: adaptation to climate change at the coast and in our seas
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 Aflysning af DANCORE-mødet den 9. oktober

Kære DANCORE-medlemmer

Vi har i vores nyhedsbrev flere gange annonceret et DANCORE-møde torsdag den 9. oktober i Geocentret. Det har vi besluttet at udskyde, indtil vi kender de præcise rammer og indhold af det fremtidige DANCORE. Når det er helt på plads, indkalder vi til et nyt møde.

Vi arbejder i Styregruppen på at finde en holdbar løsning, der kan sikre, at den succes vi i de forløbne snart 3 år har haft med samarbejdet i det europæiske netværk ENCORA, og ikke mindst i vores eget DANCORE, kan fortsætte. Vi er faktisk stolte af, at det i DANCORE på tre år er lykkedes at skabe en medlemsskare på 170 danske medlemmer, der repræsenterer 55 institutioner i relation til dansk kystarbejde. Vi arbejder på at skabe en mulig fortsættelse i regi af det europæiske kystnetværk EUCC, der har kontorer i bl.a. Holland og Tyskland men ikke i Danmark.

Aftalerne med EUCC er langt fremme, men det springende punkt er vores finansiering af selve sekretariatet, der gerne skulle fortsætte med nuværende kraft.

Med venlig hilsen 

Styregruppen, Ida, Lotte og Karen



 YPEP Seminar on Marine Invasive Species

From 1-3 September 2008, DANCORE (the Danish Network for Coastal Research) hosted a YPEP seminar on Marine Invasive Species at the Brorfelde Observatory situated in the centre of Zealand, Denmark. The participants formed an international group of young professionals from Morocco, Italy, Greece, Austria, Sweden and Denmark, most of them with a background in marine biology. The group gathered at Brorfelde on Monday evening and after dinner saw the old observatory housed at Brorfelde.

The programme starting on Tuesday morning focused on Danish and other European researchers’ experience with invasive species both within flora and fauna. Cases within and outside Europe were presented starting with An overview of Marine Invasions; with emphasis on ecological impacts and lessons from 'cryptic invasions by Mads Solgaard Thomsen. Aschwin H. Engelen followed with a presentation on Characterization of a Brown Invasion, and the aspects of marine flora was further investigated by Peter Stæhr with the topic Introduced Macroalgae in Denmark; when, where, how and which effects?

In the afternoon, a visit was paid to the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde. The visit consisted of a 1-hour guided tour at the museum followed by a boat trip on Roskilde Fjord in two reconstructed Viking ships. The excitement was high among the participants trying the conducts of former Viking invaders!

In the evening, Hans Ulrik Riisgård gave his presentation on Invasive Ctenophore Mnemiopsis Leidyi in Danish Waters; assessment of abundance and predation effects.

Wednesday morning began with a presentation on Vulnerability of Marine Communities to Invasion; the native side of invasions by Francisco Arenas followed by Mads Solgaard Thomsen presenting results from his work in Australia on Caulerpa Species on Temperate Reefs; linking invasion and colonization ecology. The programme ended with a discussion among the participants about the implications of invasive species for marine biology.



 Info on FP7 Calls

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 SPICOSA International Forum 2008

We are pleased to inform that the SPICOSA International Forum 2008 will take place on 15-16 October in Brest, France.

It will offer the possibility for researchers and coastal managers to exchange views on the progress of ICZM public policies in Europe and to debate on the role of scientific knowledge. The Forum will present:
(i) recent developments of coastal zone management policy at European, national and regional levels; (ii) various European projects dealing with science & policy integration, and (iii) the experiences from SPICOSA, in particular the study sites applications.

This event is organised by the University of Brest and IFREMER (French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea) and will take place during the “SeaTechWeek” at the Brest conference centre, “Le Quartz”.

Registrations are still open!!

Programme and registration available at: 

http://www.spicosa.eu/enews/index.htm



 Advanced NMA Course on Applying Microsatellite Techniques to Aquatic Systems

30 November-7 December 2008, Trondheim, Norway

Closing date for registration: 1 October 2008

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 41st Int. Liège Colloquium on Ocean Dynamics / Science-based Management of the Coastal Waters

4-8 May 2009, Liège, Belgium

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 MCCIP - Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership

August News


 MCCIP Short Survey Questionnaire: adaptation to climate change at the coast and in our seas

The UK Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP) would like to invite you to participate in our survey questionnaire on adaptation to climate change at the coast and in our seas. This survey provides you with the opportunity to give us your opinions on the current state of adaptation in your sector.

The questionnaire will take no longer than 10 minutes to complete and can be accessed through the following link. Your responses will be treated as confidential.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=fXJMtVbgFGgTwPLZvWCTsQ_3d_3d  

We hope that you will be able to spare a few minutes to provide us with your valuable opinions. We really need to know what responses to adaptation are already happening in your sector and what information you require to help you develop adaptation strategies in the future.

The results of this survey will be used to inform an adaptation workshop later this year, organised by the UK Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP).

All completed surveys will be entered into a prize draw. The prizes on offer are two books on themes relevant to climate change:

The Discovery of Global Warming (New Histories of Science, Technology, and Medicine) by SR Weart

To Follow the Water: Exploring the Sea to Discover Climate by Dallas Murphy

For more information on MCCIP go to:

www.mccip.org.uk  






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