Academy of Finland allocates EUR 12 million to climate change research
The projects to be included in the Academy of Finland’s Research Programme on Climate Change (FICCA) have been selected. Funding is granted to eleven research consortia. At a later stage, the Academy will also provide funding to international joint projects, according to the present plans at least with Chinese and Russian research funding agencies. The Academy’s funding to the research programme comes to EUR 12 million. The four-year programme will be launched in 2011.
The FICCA programme will be supported by national cooperation with Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, and its programme on climate economy. Cooperation will also be carried out with the Sustainable Development Section of the Advisory Board for Sectoral Research, which is conducting a research project on climate policy (SETUILMU). The FICCA programme is involved in the ERA-Net project CIRCLE-2 (Climate Impact Research and Response Coordination for a Larger Europe, 2010‒2014), a network of European funding bodies for climate change supported by the EU.
Research generates applicable knowledge and expertise
Climate change is one of the major challenges facing the global community today. Climate change as a phenomenon and its impacts are being intensively studied worldwide.
“The Academy’s new research programme is based on a need for more interdisciplinary research and research applying different science traditions. We need multidisciplinary research to be able to combine research knowledge from different fields and to increase our understanding of climate change”, Programme Manager Paavo-Petri Ahonen says. Research knowledge is also needed to step up debate in society and to support national and international decision-making.
The aim of the FICCA programme is to produce new research knowledge on climate change, its impacts and management, as well as to generate multidisciplinary skills and competencies in Finland. “The research results are expected to serve Finnish society. This is evident, for instance, in that several of the projects selected to the programme fall within the fields of the Strategic Centres for Science, Technology and Innovation. In terms of international cooperation, the programme will promote research on climate change by launching joint projects and taking part in the European research network,” Ahonen says.
Focus on interdisciplinary research approach
The projects included in the FICCA programme represent a wide range of different disciplines and research fields. The programme’s thematic areas have been selected to cover a number of different connections between the environment and society in terms of climate change. The programme will link research fields such as education and environmental research as well as geosciences and cultural studies.
The MARISPLAN consortium will investigate how the Baltic Sea ecosystem and its use are affected by climate change. The project will apply different climate, sea, catchment and ecosystem models, and study how society can adapt to climate change and how regional planning in sea regions could be developed. The consortium will bring together researchers from many different fields, such as climate change, catchment basins, ocean physics, chemistry and biology, economics, socioeconomics and environmental policy. The research is a cooperation between the Finnish Environment Institute, the Finnish Meteorological Institute, the Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute, MTT Agrifood Research Finland and the City of Helsinki Environment Centre. The consortium is led by Research Professor Markku Viitasalo from the Finnish Environment Institute.
The ECONADA consortium project is expected to produce new knowledge on the adaptation of forests to climate change and on different ways to mitigate climate change by means of forestry. The aim is to identify the most economical treatment alternatives for spruce, pine and birch that would contribute to better adaptation to climate change. The project will combine realistic, process-based ecological forest growth models, first with a number of different climate change forecasts and then with economic optimisation of forest management. The research is carried out at the Finnish Forest Research Institute and the University of Helsinki. The consortium is headed by Senior Researcher Raisa Mäkipää from the Finnish Forest Research Institute.
Information on consortia that receive funding www.aka.fi/ficca (in Finnish)
Programme Manager Paavo-Petri Ahonen, Academy of Finland, tel. +358 (0)40 189 6233, paavo-petri.ahonen(at)aka.fi
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