CLARA at ECCA2019. All the sessions and presentation involving the project and its climate services.

CLARA had a wide presence at this year’s ECCA Conference. Find below a detailed list of all the sessions and presentation involving the project and its climate services. You can find the full ECCA2019 Programme here.

SESSION: Unfolding the potential of climate services for climate change adaptation



PRESENTATION: Mapping the landscape of Climate Services: a network approach

(Session: Knowledge co-production and brokerage for climate services)

Presenters: Francesca Larosa, Jaroslav Mysiak


PRESENTATION: Valuing Climate Services: Evidences from the CLARA Project

(Session: Co-production to enhance knowledge on economic impacts and the value of climate services)

Presenter: Elisa Delpiazzo


PRESENTATION: Operating a multipurpose reservoir through a climate forecast service (ROAT)

(Session: Methods and tools in climate services)

Presenter: Javier Herrero


PRESENTATION: CLIME, an interactive multi-user platform for climate analysis. A pilot application

(Session: Climate services and methods for hydrology and flood control)

Presenter: Giuliana Barbato


POSTER SESSION: Business models for Climate Services: an analysis

Presenters: Francesca Larosa, Jaroslav Mysiak


For more information you can visit CLARA website here.

How the city changes. Climate change and development urban: tools to support local adaptation

Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at 15.30, at the University of Naples Federico II – DiARC (Aula Gioffredo, Palazzo Gravina) in Via Monteoliveto 3, the meeting will be held entitled “How the city changes. Climate change and development urban: tools to support local adaptation”, promoted by the Cmcc Foundation – Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change.

During the initiative scientists and administrators will meet to tell about the most imminent challenges and to take stock of current knowledge and future perspectives to ensure safe and sustainable development for our cities.

It is the crucial challenge of our era and the cities are its protagonists. Along with science. The effects of climate change take different forms in different local realities. Cities find themselves in the position of having to identify strategies, measures and tools to deal with these effects and ensure the social and economic growth of their communities, the safety of citizens, the quality of life and the environment. Science offers forecasts and solutions, increasingly precise and detailed information on the relationship between territory and climate change. The city administrations are called to draw up plans and to select solutions that are made available to the most recent scientific advances in the field of adaptation to climate change.

Program of the day:
h. 16.00 Greetings
Mario Losasso, Delegate of the Rector for the III Mission, University of Naples Federico II
Michelangelo Russo, Director of DiArc, University of Naples Federico II

h. 16.10 Interventions
Climate change scenarios at the regional and local scale and impact assessments
Paola Mercogliano CIRA, CMCC-REMHI Division

Use of climate services to support local administrations
Giuliana Barbato CMCC-REMHI Division

The ADAPT Project

Financial tools for adaptation
Giulia Galluccio CMCC

h. 17.30 – Round table
Administrations and science in dialogue
Municipality of Caserta, Municipality of Benevento, Municipality of Reggio Calabria, Municipality of Naples, Municipality of Milan, Paola Mercogliano (CMCC)

h. 18.30 Conclusions

For information:

CMCC Webinar “The CLIME climate service: a web platform for multi-user analysis and use of climate data”

Webinar, h. 12:00 pm CEST – 14 May 2019

Presenter: Giuliana Barbato, Foundation Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change, REMHI Division
Moderator: Sergio Noce, Foundation Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change, IAFES Division

Clime is a climate service developed by the Remhi division of the Cmcc Foundation for high-resolution climate data processing that offers tailor-made solutions based on user needs. Clime is aimed at users, experts and non-experts, for the assessment and study of impacts related to climate change: consulting companies, engineers, researchers, public administration and scientists. In particular, Clime includes products aimed at supporting both public and private users in an easier integration of the effects of climate change into policies, strategies and adaptation plans.

12:00 pm – Introduction – Sergio Noce
12:05 pm – Presentation – Giuliana Barbato
12:35 pm – Q&A session (moderated by Sergio Noce)
1.00 pm – End

Working language: Italian

The seminar will be broadcast online via Go-to-Webinar.
Click on the following link to register:

Confirmation of registration will be sent by e-mail together with other information on how to connect to the webinar.

GRETA: “We listen to science and find ways to tackle climate change”

Science, politics, businesses and young generations met today in the Senate of the Republic, and with a unanimous voice they spoke of climate change, each from their own perspective, to send a common message: it is time to act concretely and quickly.
The President of CMCC Antonio Navarra participated in the meeting organized by President Casellati with speeches by Greta Thunberg, Enrico Giovannini (Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development), Carlo Carraro (EAERE President and Ca ‘Foscari University of Venice), Daniela Ducato (Edizero green industry), Chiara Falduto and Federico Mascolo (

“We don’t want your selfies, but our hopes and our dreams”. The young generations who look at the climate have the face and words of Greta Thunberg, the sixteen-year-old Swede from whom the global movement of students took to the streets to raise awareness of adults, especially politicians and those who have the power to to make decisions. On the eve of the Italian climate strike scheduled for Friday, April 19, the young activist goes straight to the point in front of the crowd that crowds Sala Koch in Palazzo Madama: “We are stealing the future”, says Greta, continuing her appeal to listen to science for be aware and “firmly believe in the solutions we have available”.

NAVARRA: “We act together: hope cannot be a strategy”
The appeal to science is repeated several times, especially the invitation to listen to the knowledge we have available because “hope cannot be a strategy” underlines Antonio Navarra, President of the Euro-Mediterranean Center for Climate Change (CMCC) Foundation. “We scientists analyze the numbers that tell us how the climate changes,” continues Navarra. “By doing this work we have understood very well that the climate is not an immutable scenario of history, it is rather an actor who is with us on the same stage.” The climate interacts with our societies, with our economies, with the environment, it is a very vast problem, for which we have put the planet in an exceptional condition and therefore something extraordinary is happening.

CARRARO: “How much does it cost? No more fossil fuels”
In the last 30 years we have produced the highest CO2 concentration of the century, a situation that generates damages that cost, only in 2018, about 190 billion dollars, a figure that, only for Italy, is between 6 and 7 billions a year. These are estimates reported by Carlo Carraro, President of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE) and professor of the Ca ’Foscari University of Venice. How much does it cost to face the situation? “Science provides innovative technology at sustainable costs,” continues Carraro, explaining that we can no longer say that the solutions are too expensive: the estimates tell us that it would be enough to move the subsidies to fossil fuels to renewables to get us on the right path. “Young people are right when they tell us to hurry – concludes Carraro – we must start now to limit CO2, otherwise we will not be credible”.

Beautiful and fragile Italy: but don’t call it bad luck
The images of the destroyed forests of Veneto, of flood damage and other natural disasters are before our eyes. “But it is not a matter of bad luck,” warns Senate President Elisabetta Casellati, it is rather the result of the combination of neglect and extreme events that are increasing as a result of the warming of the planet. “The causes of this situation reside more and more in the inaction, or in a wrong or late action”, continues the President before underlining that Italy, beautiful and fragile by geographical location and territorial variety, needs to work both on international plan than in local actions. “So far our efforts are too small, insufficient, with respect to the challenge – concludes Casellati identifying the way out towards the union between innovation and tradition, the two ways to make contemporaneity sustainable.

18 April 2019, Sala Koch, Palazzo Madama.
The works were opened by Senate President Elisabetta Casellati. attended by Greta Thunberg, the founder and spokesperson of the Enrico Giovannini Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development; the President of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE) Carlo Carraro; the President of the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC) Antonio Navarra; Daniela Ducato, entrepreneur and referent Edizero Green Industry; Chiara Falduto and Federico Mascolo, co-founders of

Forests: solutions and perspectives for tackling climate change

On 21 March 2019, the CMCC Foundation, in collaboration with EFI – European Forest Institute, celebrated International Forestry Day with a webinar dedicated to deepening current knowledge, research activities and policies for sustainable forest management, capable of support the fundamental role of these ecosystems in mitigation and adaptation to climate change. Speakers include Marco Marchetti, University of Molise, Hans Verkerk, European Forest Institute (EFI) and Donatella Spano, University of Sassari and CMCC Foundation (moderator CMCC researcher Valentina Bacciu, of the IAFES Scientific Division). Prof. Spano in particular held an intervention focused on the management of forest fires as a strategy to tackle climate change.

For more information, visit the event page.

Download the webinar presentation (pdf).

The financial implications of climate policies

The new climate policies will drive new investments to support a transition to a low-carbon economy, increasing the risk that investments in carbon-intensive projects will prove to be stranded assets, devaluing themselves before the end of their expected useful life. So what will the financial implications of climate policies be?

On 11 April 2019, Armon Rezai, Institute for Ecological Economics, Vienne University of Economics and Business, addressed the issue during the RFF-CMCC webinar “Asset Prices and Climate Policy” (moderator: Johannes Emmerling, RFF-CMCC European Institute on Economics and the Environment (EIEE), CMCC Foundation).

Click here and watch the video.

Click here and download the presentation of the webinar of Armon Rezai, Institute for Ecological Economics, Vienne University of Economics and Business.

PhD in Future Earth, Climate Change and Societal Challenge

The call for applications for admission to the PhD course in “Future Earth, Climate Change and Societal Challenge”, set up for the first time by the University of Bologna, is open!

The doctoral program revolves around 4 main themes: (a) Earth System; (b) Impacts, adaptation and vulnerability; (c) Technological innovations for a zero-emission society; (d) Socio-economic and legal studies on climate change mitigation. Students will have to choose between one of these themes their main theme at the time of applying, although the interdisciplinary nature of the work will still be ensured by the extreme cross-disciplinarity of the courses held during the first year of the doctorate.

The doctorate will last three years and the scheduled courses will take place in English. A research experience of at least three months is planned at a foreign institution, agreed with the student’s supervisors. Furthermore, the student will have to attend at least 10 seminars each year on the main topic of his / her research.

The CMCC Foundation finances three scholarships, and in particular (download the PhD Program Table for more details):

A doctoral scholarship to carry out research in “Advanced coastal modeling and data assimilation” (Advanced coastal modeling and data assimilation techniques); the doctoral candidate winning this scholarship must conduct part of his research activities at the CMCC headquarters in Lecce;
A doctoral scholarship to carry out research in “Coupled atmosphere-ocean model forecasts in the Mediterranean area” (“Forecasts from coupled atmosphere-ocean models for the Mediterranean area”);
A doctoral scholarship to carry out research activities in the following area: “Raising operational efficiency of shipping via meteo-oceanographic information” (“Increasing the operational efficiency of navigation through weather and oceanographic information”);
Deadline for submitting applications

The deadline for submitting applications for the 2019/2020 academic year is 15 May 2019 (13:00 Italian time).

Admission procedure

Results of the evaluation of qualifications and research project: by 10/06/2019 on Studenti Online
Orals: 07/03/2019 – Oral results: by 05/07/2019 on Studenti Online.
More information on the PhD Program Table.

More information on the PhD call is available here.

CLIME, the software developed by the CMCC ISC Division

The CMCC is proud to present CLIME, the special software GIS (Geographic Information System) integrated in ESRI ArcGIS Desktop 10.X, developed by the ISC Division – Impact and Coastal Impact Division for a better evaluation of the climatic characteristics, and for the study of climate change and its effects (including impacts on the soil), in a particular geographical domain.
Impact models (eg stability or hydraulic models) are usually developed in a GIS environment, since they need an accurate description of the territory. CLIME was therefore conceived to bridge the gap that traditionally exists between atmospheric and simulated data of the various sources, and the communities examined for the different impacts.

Developed as an add-in for GIS platforms, the CLIME software was designed to support the research activities conducted by the ISC Division in order to assist multiple types of users, with the management and interface between both observed and simulated data, in addition to models of impact analysis of climate change. It is therefore possible to examine and compare several data series (observations, climatic simulations, etc.), and to obtain, through filters and functions implemented within it, different types of analysis such as for example the study of trends, seasonal cycles, PDFs and graphs dispersion of different variables with attached statistical characterization.
The tool also allows the representation of different types of maps, such as maps of climatic anomalies (thermal and rainfall) and error, both for average and extreme values; some techniques for the bias correction of the results coming from the climate model are also implemented.
In summary, CLIME allows users to view the analyzes performed on climatic data and observations on geographic entities of interest (regions, provinces, countries, etc.) in a simple and immediate way.

The CLIME software is used in the Orientgate, Gemina and Nextdata projects, and was illustrated and officially used in three CMCC research papers:

RP0184 – A simulation over the Mediterranean area with COSMO-CLM: assessment of the performances;
RP0183 – Assessment of ERA-Interim driven simulation over Italy with COSMO-CLM;
RP0181 – Simulation of the period 1979-2011 over China with the regional climate model COSMO-CLM.

It has also been used for preparing presentations of meetings and conferences, including:

“Performance evaluation of COSMO-CLM over Italy and climate projections for the XXI century”, presented at the first annual SISC conference
“Very high resolution with COSMO-CLM over Alpine space: benefits versus costs”, presented at the CORDEX 2013 conference
“Climate simulations over MENA-CORDEX domain with COSMO-CLM”, presented as part of the CLIMASOUTH project
Furthermore, the results obtained with CLIME appeared in the article “Performance evaluation of high-resolution regional climate simulation in the Alpine space and analysis of extreme events”, recently submitted to the Journal of Geophysical Research.