6 Dutch projects funded within ERA-NET Climate Impact Research

8 April 2019

Within the ERA-NET Cofund 'Assessment of Cross(X)-sectoral climate Impacts and pathways for Sustainable transformation' (AXIS), 6 Dutch projects have been selected for funding from the 39 submitted transnational proposals.

The projects will start in the autumn of 2019 and will focus on, among others, the impact of climate change on water reservoirs, biodiversity, and land management, as well as sustainable development pathways and climate impact chains.

About the AXIS programme

The programme ERA-NET Cofund AXIS aims to promote cross-boundary, cross-community research with the overall goal to improve coherence, integration and robustness of climate impact research and connect it to societal needs. The projects will focus on integrating the impact of climate change on social, political and economic aspects of societies. The various projects will contribute to a better estimation of the impact and risks of climate change, so that policies can be corrected in time. To this effect, AXIS aims to overcome boundaries between science communities through inter- or transdisciplinary research projects, and between scientists and public and private parties.

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AXIS has been developed by a consortium of ten research funding organisations from nine European countries. The programme is receiving financial support from the European Commission within the H2020 programme. AXIS brings together international expertise on climate research and climate change together and aims to encourage research across disciplines to facilitate inter- or transdisciplinary research. AXIS is a successor to the ERA-NET European Research Area for Climate Services (ERA4CS). Both ERA-NETs are part of the Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) Climate.

At the bottom of this page, you will find an overview of all funded projects.

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Funded projects

DIRT-X: Evaluating sediment Delivery Impacts on Reservoirs in changing climaTe and society across scales and sectors
Dutch applicant: Dr Machteld van den Broek, Utrecht University, department of Geosciences
There are currently about 7000 large dams and thousands of smaller dams in Europe providing important but vulnerable services such as hydropower generation, drinking water supply, irrigation, flood protection, and recreation. The project DIRT-X addresses the question of how the changing climate and socioeconomic conditions influence water reservoirs and the services they provide to different economic sectors through integration of existing climate services (Copernicus Climate Change Service Climate Data Store, CDS, and Toolbox), Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSPs), impact models, and close cooperation with stakeholders from the relevant sectors.


LAMACLIMA: LAnd MAnagement for CLImate Mitigation and Adaptation
Dutch applicant: Dr Dim Coumou, VU Amsterdam, department of Water and Climate Risk
Anthropogenic changes in land cover and land management (LCLM) are substantially affecting climate through the release of carbon in the atmosphere (biogeochemical effects), and the alteration of local energy and water fluxes at the land surface and their interaction with large-scale atmospheric dynamics (biogeophysical effects). Accounting for the coupled LCLM-climate effect is thus very relevant for future climate mitigation and adaptation efforts. However, these coupled effects receive overall limited consideration in land use decision processes due to uncertainties on the full implications of changes in LCLM for climate and ecosystem services, but also due to a lack of dialogue between the relevant science and practice communities.


MAPPY: Multisectoral analysis of climate and land use change impacts on pollinators, plant diversity and crops yields
Dutch applicant: Dr Koos Biesmeijer, Naturalis Biodiversity Center
The objective of this project is to study quantitatively the feedback processes linking pollinators, plant diversity and crop yields in the framework of climate and land use changes. The response of agricultural yields to climate change is critically dependent on these feedbacks that until now remain largely unexplored. In order to fill this gap, we will focus on studying interactions between three main sectors: biodiversity/nature conservation, forestry and agriculture. Within agriculture, the emphasis will be put on three sub-sectors: fruit crops, food/fodder crops and energy crops. We will use diverse types of crop and vegetation models to estimate the impacts of climate change on each studied sector in several case study regions in Europe. The study will be undertaken with local stakeholders, who will identify most relevant topics to be addressed by the consortium. The interdependencies between the sectors will be analysed through the dynamics of land use and land cover on the one hand and dynamics of pollinator communities on the other hand.


MECCA: Targeting mental models of climate change risk to facilitate climate action
Dutch applicant: Dr Maryse Chappin, Utrecht University, department of Geosciences
Our team of social and natural scientists and a wide network of local stakeholders in West and East Africa join forces to co-develop pathways to effectively facilitate climate action, to achieve the long-term objectives of the Paris Agreement, contribute to SDG 13 (among others), and inform the nationally determined contributions (NDCs) strategies. The overarching objective of the project is to identify adaptation and mitigation strategies by analyzing the gap between stakeholder’s perceptions of change and risk and projected impacts of human activities under changing climatic conditions in East Africa (Lake Victoria) and West Africa (Lagos). This is a promising avenue to induce climate action as divergence in perceptions limits effective approaches for sustainable development. Moreover, it is crucial to study developing regions as they are particularly susceptible to the impact of climate change due to its far-reaching impact on livelihoods, health, safety, and economic and political instability. These regions have been selected due to their high vulnerability to climate change impacts and the fact that they span large populations.


SHAPE: Sustainable development pathways achieving Human well-being while safeguarding the climate And Planet Earth
Dutch applicant: Prof. Detlef van Vuuren, Utrecht University, department of Geosciences
The UN 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) present a vision for the wellbeing of all people in prosperity, peace and partnership while preserving the integrity of our planet. The goal of protecting Earth's climate, SDG 13, is underpinned by the Paris Agreement to hold global warming well below 2°C, through an international climate action architecture of coordinated nationally determined contributions. Numerous processes at local, national and international level are in motion to implement these global agreements, but the current initiatives are unlikely to fulfill the ambition of the Paris Agreement and the SDGs, raising the question of successful transformation processes.


UNCHAIN: Unpacking climate impact chains. A new generation of climate change risk assessments
Dutch applicant: Prof. Fulco Ludwig, Wageningen University & Research, department of Environmental Sciences
UNCHAIN aims at further developing a practical and manageable climate change risk assessment framework based on the concept of Impact Chains. UNCHAIN will address, support and integrate a broad array of stakeholders. Its audiences are local authorities, private businesses, private home owners, and sub-national and national authorities in their capacity of supporting and facilitating local policy-making.


Source: NWO