DownScaling CLImate imPACTs and decarbonisation pathways in EU islands, and enhancing socioeconomic and non-market evaluation of Climate Change for Europe, for 2050 and beyond.


The warming of the climate system is unequivocal and continued emission of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and changes. Islands are particularly vulnerable to Climate Change (CC) consequences but the coarse spatial resolution of available projections makes it difficult to derive valid statements for islands. Moreover, science-based information about the economic impacts of CC in marine and maritime sectors is scarce, and current economic models lack of solid non-market assesment. Policy makers must have accurate information about likely impact chains and about the costs and benefits of possible strategies to implement efficient measures. SOCLIMPACT aims at modelling downscaled CC effects and their socioeconomic impacts in European islands for 2030–2100, in the context of the EU Blue Economy sectors, and assess corresponding decarbonisation and adaptation pathways, complementing current available projections for Europe, and nourishing actual economic models with non-market assessment, by: • Developing a thorough understanding on how CC will impact the EU islands located in different regions of the world. • Contributing to the improvement of the economic valuation of climate impacts by adopting revealed and stated preference methods. • Increasing the effectiveness of the economic modelling of climate impact chains, through the implementation of an integrated methodological framework (GINFORS, GEM-E3 and non-market indicators). • Facilitating climate-related policy decision making for Blue Growth, by ranking and mapping the more appropriate mitigation and adaptation strategies. • Delivering accurate information to policy makers, practitioners and other relevant stakeholders. SOCLIMPACT addresses completely this Work Programme providing advances in the economic valuation of climate induced impacts, and in climate and economic models, allowing downscaled projections of complex impact chains, and facilitating the resilience capacity of these vulnerable lands.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Paolo Figini

Unibo involved Department/s:
Centro di Studi Avanzati sul Turismo

Universidad De Las Palmas De Gran Canaria - Fundacion Canaria Parque Cientifico Tecnologico(Spain)

Other Participants:
Tourisme Territoires Transports Environnement Conseil-Tec (France)
ENEA - CR CASACCIA -CAS-RAG. - s.p. 083 (Italy)
Anci Sardegna (Italy)
Universidad De Castilla - La Mancha (Spain)
Universitat de les Illes Balears (Spain)
Gesellschaft Fuer Wirtschaftliche Strukturforschung Mbh (Germany)
Fondazione CMCC - Centro Euro Mediterraneo per i Cambiamentii Climatici (Italy)
Instituto Tecnologico De Canarias, S.A. (Spain)
National Observatory Of Athens (Greece)
AquaBioTech Limited (Malta)
Agencia Regional da Energia e Ambiente da Regiao Autonoma da Madeira (Portugal)
Fundacao Da Faculdade De Ciencias Da Universidade De Lisboa Fp (Portugal)
Baltic Environmental Forum Deutschland Ev (Germany)
E3-Modelling Ike (Greece)
Centro Tecnológico de Ciencias Marinas-CETECIMA (Spain)
Johann Wolfgang Goethe - Universitaet Frankfurt Am Main (Germany)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
Buckinghamshire New University (United Kingdom)
Universite Des Antilles (France)
Region Of Crete (Greece)
Osservatorio Turistico delle Isole Europee (Italy)
The Cyprus Institute Limited (Cyprus)
Interfusion Services Limited (Cyprus)

Third parties:
Universidad De Las Palmas De Gran Canaria - Fundacion Canaria Parque Cientifico Tecnologico (Spain)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 4.481.340,00
Project Duration in months: 36
Start Date: 01/12/2017
End Date: 30/11/2020

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Climate Action This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

UE flag This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 776661