On June 10 and 11, 2014, the International Conference titled “Adaptation Strategies to Global Environmental Change in the Mediterranean City and the Role of Global Earth Observations” took place in Athens. The conference was the event of the Greek Presidency of the European Council 2014 and was held under the auspices of the General Secretariat for Research and Technology.
It was organized by the European Commission, the Mediterranean Consortium for Climate Change (MC-4), the Eurisy, the Mariolopoulos-Kanaginis Foundation for the Environmental Sciences, the Research Centre of Atmospheric Physics and Climatology of the Academy of Athens and the Justus Liebig Giessen University of Germany. The conference focused on outlining the impact of climate change on cities with a Mediterranean climate and on developing corresponding adaptation strategies. At the Conference, among other things, it was also discussed how Earth observations have contributed to the improvement of climatic information and to the use of this information in order to develop and implement adaptation measures on a national and local level. During the works of the Conference, different examples of adaptation to climate change were analyzed by focusing on the following issues: Global and Regional Earth Observations, Water, Energy, Biodiversity and Open Spaces, Coastal Regions and Marine Environment, Public Health and Governance. The Conference was attended by representatives of the government and the European Union, representatives of world organizations such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC, the World Meteorological Organization WMO, the World Health Organization WHO, the Intergovernmental Organization of Earth Observations-GEO, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control-ECDC and by scientists from 17 countries.
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