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

Total amount of the project : 4,700,000 €


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 is a project leaded by TEC Conseil in association with a European consortium of 24 partners. It 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

• 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.