Climate Impact Research and Response Coordination for a Larger Europe

Client: European Commission, Directorate-General Research


Project duration: Mai 2010 – April 2014 


Starting Point and Overall Objectives

The project, CIRCLE-2 (Climate Impact Research and Response Coordination for a Larger Europe) a European Commission (EC) Framework Programme 7 (FP7) funded project (WP Lead Umweltbundesamt) has successfully ended.

CIRCLE initiated in 2005 as a Coordination Action (CA) until 2009 and its second phase CIRCLE-2 (2010-2014) involved 20 partner and 15 associated partner institutions from 24 different European countries. Key national research funding and managing institutions across Europe were represented in the CIRCLE-2 consortium either directly or through their national/regional research programmes on Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation (CCIVA).

Objectives of the Project

The main objective of CIRCLE- 2 was to step up coordination of research activities carried out at national/regional level in the EU Member and Associated States by supporting and enhancing collaboration efforts between national research programmes on CCIVA.



Our Approach

By the setting up of different sub-groups based on their geo-climatic or socio-economic circumstances (e.g. Mediterranean, Nordic, Central and Eastern European States, Mountainous areas) CIRCLE-2 established a strong and close network that enabled the alignment of national CCIVA research agendas and their funding budgets.


Through a multilevel assessment of CCIVA research needs, CIRCLE-2 provided the framework for the programme, design and launch of joint calls for research projects. Four of such transnational joint calls where issued for the Mediterranean (2007-2010), the Nordic (2007-2009), Mountainous areas (2009 – 2014) and Mediterranean (2013-2016). The MEDiterranean subgroup is currently running and synergies with several levels (research funders on the regional, national, transnational and European) are aimed at.


Alongside with its focus on the research management of transnational CCIVA science, CIRCLE-2 had developed efforts to support the European adaptation and response processes by aggregating and making available national/regional information on CCIAV research programmes, projects and their results. CIRCLE-2 moved further and created a science policy interface for transnational collaboration and activities. By matching its knowledge base with the EC and its Member and Associated States’ research agendas, CIRCLE-2 set in place an integrated structure to consider and support European CCIVA research needs and contributed towards the development of a truly multidisciplinary ERA on Climate Change.


Added Value

The Umweltbundesamt (Environment Agency Austria) played an important role in CIRCLE-2 as Lead partner of a work package, so it was ensured that lessons learned from CIRCLE-1 are being used. The continuation of the activities in CIRCLE-2 deepened and broadened the existing networking efforts. Since climate change is high on the agenda, we incurred in further cooperations and projects with partners and organizations and funding bodies, we linked. Via the integration of the Umweltbundesamt in the European climate research coordination, we were involved in knowledge sharing regarding the current issues and their policy relevance. So we received information about hot topics that is available and necessary in order to facilitate the orientation and integration into the European climate-related environmental policy processes.