Born as a joint effort between JPI Oceans and JPI Climate, the Knowledge Hub on Sea Level Rise is a networking platform promoting the generation, synthesis, exchange and integration of knowledge on local, regional and global, historic and future sea level rise. It is currently supported by nine JPI member countries and composed of a network of pan-European experts on sea level rise.
The JPI Oceans Management Board approved the Terms of Reference for the Knowledge Hub in November 2019, in parallel with the Governing Board of JPI Climate, kickstarting the preparatory phase where structures were formally established, and activities implemented. Meetings with interested funding organizations and ministries were held in April 2020 (see online workshop) and June 2020, consolidating support from several JPI Climate and JPI Oceans Member States.
In November 2020, the two JPI Boards approved the Roadmap for the first phase of implementation of the KH SLR, leading to a large expert scoping conference to be held in 2022 in Venice, Italy. They also approved the Governance Structure of the KH SLR, including a Governing Council (formed by National Contact Points from nine JPI countries), a Management Committee of experts, and four targeted Task Groups. The Governance Structure was revised following feedback received at the first and second meetings of the Governing Council, respectively in January and February 2021. In mid-2021, the Management Committee held its first meeting to set up four targeted Task Groups that will implement the Knowledge Hub, focusing respectively on co-design, policy, science, and outreach.
The Knowledge Hub on Sea Level Rise focuses on regional to local sea level changes in Europe and the needs and involvement of policy making and coastal planning. It aims to provide a networking platform to promote 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 platform 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 at an aggregation level adjusted to ongoing themes and debates in policy and public arenas.
In 2022, the Knowledge Hub organized four regional basin-specific scoping workshops, with the aim to scope the agenda of a large-scale expert Sea Level Rise Conference that will take place on 17-18 October 2022 in Venice, Italy. The goal of the conference is to set the stage for periodic assessments of knowledge on sea level rise drivers, impacts and policy options for each of the major sea basins around Europe.
The overall ambition is to provide easy access to usable knowledge on regional-local sea level change in Europe, regularly updated as a series of periodic assessments. It will complement existing global and European assessments by providing additional geographical and contextual detail, tailored to regional, national and European policy development and implementation.
To these ends, the four Task Groups of the Knowledge Hub are mandated to work on the following:
- Co-design: Organizing, planning and co-designing with stakeholders the basin-specific scoping workshops and expert conference 2022. The group will also work towards an initial post-conference assessment report.
- Policy: Providing a strong science-policy interface dimension to the TGs. Carrying out policy analysis and demand analysis. Working towards an inventory of SLR-relevant adaptation policy measures.
- Science: Providing the scientific basis on SLR, towards an inventory of scientific literature and methods. Carrying out state of the art and gap analysis.
- Outreach: Covering aspects of communication, outreach and output. Proposing the main output products of the KH.
Global sea level rise is expected to be among the most costly and irreversible consequences of climate change. Since 1900, the global mean sea level has risen by approximately 20 cm and it is continuously rising at increasing rates of currently more than 3 mm per year, associated with anthropogenic climate change. Publications from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), such as the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC), have strengthened the evidence for a predominant role of anthropogenic climate change in the observed global mean sea level rise and in the acceleration over recent decades. Current global sea level rise projections for the end of the 21st century vary between 40 cm and 2.5 m. This broad projection range results from uncertainties regarding the future greenhouse gas emissions, thermal expansion, melting of ice sheets and glaciers, and isostatic adjustments.
The long-term ambition of the Knowledge Hub on Sea Level Rise is to provide periodic assessments of knowledge on sea level rise drivers, impacts and policy options for each of the major ocean basins around Europe. The ambition is to provide easy access to usable knowledge on regional-local sea level change in Europe, regularly updated as a series of periodic assessments. It will complement existing global and European assessments by providing additional geographical and contextual detail, tailored to regional, national and European policy development and implementation.
The governance structure of the KH SLR consists of a Governing Council (GC) formed by selected National Contact Points (NCPs), a Management Committee (MC) and dedicated Task Groups (TGs). The Management Committee of the KH SLR is responsible for running the KH SLR, and for carrying out the approved Work Programme, including the provision of agreed deliverables and activities.
The Management Committee consists of ten members. Bart van den Hurk and Nadia Pinardi are co-charing the Management Committee.
- Nadia Pinardi, Italy, co-Chair of the Management Committee
- Bart van den Hurk, Netherlands, co-Chair of the Management Committee
- Gundula Winter, Netherlands, co-lead TG1
- Jose Jimenez, Spain, co-lead TG1
- Sandy Bisaro, Germany, co-lead TG2
- Giulia Galluccio, Italy, co-lead TG2
- Angelique Melet, France, co-lead TG3
- Roderik van de Wal, Netherlands, co-lead TG3
- Jan-Bart Calewaert, Belgium, co-lead TG4
- Kristin Richter, Norway, co-lead TG4
Different Task Groups are coordinated by Management Committee members and populated by experts from various disciplines relating to Sea Level Rise drivers and impacts.
Task Group 1: Co-design
- Dries Van den Eynde, Belgium
- Natalia Vazquez Riveiros, France
- Ralf Weisse, Germany
- Gerard McCarthy, Ireland
- Rita Lecci, Italy
- Antonio Bonaduce, Norway
- Gianmaria Sannino, Italy
- Markus Meier, Germany
- Enrique Alvarez, Spain
Task Group 2: Policy
- Jochen Hinkel, Germany
- Frank Jannsen, Germany
- Beate Ratter, Germany
- Florence Colleoni, Italy
- Claudia Romagnoli, Italy
- Marjolijn Haasnoot, Netherlands
- Sadie McEvoy, Netherlands
- Jesus Gomez-Enri, Spain
Task Group 3: Science
- Benoit Meyssignac, France
- Arne Arns, Germany
- Piero Lionello, Italy
- Aimee Slangen, Netherlands
- Matthew Simpson, Norway
- Paula Camus Brana, Spain
- Inigo Losada Rodriguez, Spain
- Marta Marcos, Spain
- Reese Ronja, UK
- Michalis Vousdoukas
Task Group 4: Outreach
- Gaël Durand, France
- Gratianne Quade, France
- Insa Meinke, Germany
- Ingo Sasgen, Germany
- Tim Hermans, Netherlands
- Oda Roaldsdotter, Norway
- Begoña Pérez Gomez, Spain
- Ola Kalen, Sweden