Climate Adaptation Balance Change Ecosystems

2006 – 2009
Researchers in Latvia have joined forces to investigate how climate change will potentially influence Latvian lakes, rivers and the Baltic Sea coast and coastal waters, and to elaborate science-based proposals to adapt to and mitigate adverse impacts.

August 25 – 27, 2010
IEEE/OES Baltic 2010 International Symposium „Integrated Oceanographic Observation Systems and Data Bases for Climate Change Research” will be held at the University of Latvia

June 14 – 18, 2010
The International BALTEX Research Conference will take place in Poland.

May 25 – 29, 2010
International conference “Water Observation and Information System for Decision Support” will be organized in Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia.

16 November, 2009
BALTEX Workshop "Climate change impacts on the water environment in Latvia and implications for the southern Baltic Sea basin” will be held at the University of Latvia at 13.00. Results of four years of work by the National Research Programme „Climate Change Impact on the Waters of Latvia” will be presented at the workshop. The Latvian Ministry of Education and Science Steering Group and the International Consultative Council for the National Research Programme will participate in the workshop.

November 15 – 17, 2009
International conference “Coping with Uncertainty - A Multidisciplinary Research Conference on Risk Governance in the Baltic Sea Region” will be held in Stockholm.

6 November, 2009
The 5th EWA Brussels conference “European Water Management and the Implementation of the EU Floods Directive” will take place in Brussels, Belgium.

23 October, 2009
The Third International Conference "Environmental Science and Education in Latvia and Europe" will take place at the Ministry of Environment, Peldu Street 25. The theme of this conference will be "Education and Science to Counter Climate Change".

September, 2009
The Ministry of Education and Science has opened a call for the first stage of multi-lateral research projects in the European Regional Development Fund activity “Support to science and research”.
The aim of the activity is to support applied research which promotes integration of science and production activities and the application of scientific results according to priorities in science, including environmental science (climate change regional impact on water ecosystems and adaptation, the sustainable management and protection of the Baltic Sea and inland waters). Financing for the first stage is 41 957 399 lats. Project budgets can be range from 70280 to 491 962 lats.
The deadline for project submissions is 14 December, 2009. The call is published at
The Ministry of Education and Science will organize a free informative seminar for project applicants. Registration by; the deadline for the registration is 26 October, 2009.

June, 2009
A special issue of the CIRCLE newsletter “Climate Impact Research Coordination for a Larger Europe” has been published. It summarizes information about the 1st International Workshop on Climate Change Adaptation held in Budapest June 17-18, 2009.

May 25 – 28, 2009
International Conference “Climate Change: The Environmental and Socio-Economic response in the Southern Baltic Region” will take place in Szczecin, Poland.>>>

22 May, 2009
The National Research Program ”Climate Change Impact on Water Environment in Latvia” in cooperation with Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Agency and Baltic Environmental Forum are organizing a discussion about the adaptation of the river basin management plans for the Venta, Gauja, Lielupe and Daugava Rivers to climate change. Discussions will take place in room 101, at Ministry of Environment, at 13:00.

May 4 – 8, 2009
2nd Lund Regional-Scale Climate Modelling Workshop “21st Century Challenges in Regional-Scale Climate Modelling” will take place in Lund, Sweden.>>>

April 19 – 24, 2009
European Geosciences Union General Assembly was held in Vienna Austria. Scientists from Work package 1 Climate change impact on runoff, nutrient flows, and regime of the Baltic Sea of the National Research Programme ”Climate Change Impact on Water Environment in Latvia” attended this meeting.

20 February 2009
Session “Climate Variability and Waters of Latvia” (NRP KALME annual conference) will be held as a part of 67th Scientific Conference of University of Latvia (UL). The session will take place in the Small Hall of the University of Latvia, Raiòa Blvd. 19, on 20 February 2008, 10:00 – 18:00.
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21 October, 2008
Workshop “Can we save the Baltic Sea? Eutrophication in future climate” will be held at SMHI (Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute) in Norrköping.
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October 2-3, 2008
The 2nd International Conference for Sustainable Development “We save energy to help climate. Choose a sustainable energy future” will take place at the Baltic Beach Hotel, in Jurmala.
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26 September 2008
The first meeting of the Inter-Ministry and Expert Working Group on adaptation to climate change will be held in the Ministry of Environment, 25 Peldu Street, Room 409, 13:00.
The following items are included in the meeting agenda: information about scientific argumentation of climate change and the necessity of adaptation to climate change, direction of adaptation policies, practices in European Union and Latvia, discussions.

September 2008
The September 18th decision of the Ministry of the Environment established the Adaptation to Climate Change Working Group. The group director is M. Kïaviòð, whereas the deputy director is A. Briede. The Working Group determines priority directions for action in which research is needed, advises on how to improve data quality, as well as, offers suggestions regarding adaptation to climate change.
Ministry of the Environment Decision No. 290, adopted September 18, 2008. >>>

Jun 20, 2008
The BONUS+ Call organised for multilateral research projects within the framework of the BONUS-169 Science Plan has closed.
Based on the evaluation and comments given by evaluators, the BONUS EEIG Steering Committee in its meeting on 18 June, 2008 decided to fund 16 projects.
Further information on the BONUS + Call results is available at >>>

7-9 May 2008
Second meeting of the NRP KALME International Advisory Board will be held in Daugavpils University
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April 2008
National Research Program „Climate Change Impact on the Waters of Latvia” second phase (2007) report
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March 2008
"Modelling helpdesk"- modelling and data analysis support is available for National Research Program WP scientists. 1WP organizes the "Modelling helpdesk" on Fridays in the Faculty of Physics and Mathematics, Zeïïu Street 8, from 16:15 – 18:00. Contact information phone: 67033782

7 March 2008
The seminar „Today's and future climate: Preparation of the series of the hydrometeorological data (temperature and precipitation)” will be held at 16:15 in the Faculty of Physics and Mathematics, Zeïïu Street 8, Room 233

February 2008
BONUS EEIG is seeking for Programme Manager >>>
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24 January 2008
Article „Will there be only autumn and spring in Latvia?” about climate change impact on the Baltic Sea ecosystems has been published in Latvian newspaper „Diena”. The article includes interviews with Latvia's leading scientists, e.g. Dr. Juris Aigars, Work Package 5 Coordinator, director of Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology, and Dr.Guntis Eberhards - Work Package 4 Coordinator, Professor of Faculty of Geography and Earth Sciences. Article also features an interview with Professor Hans von Storch about climate change impact on marine environment.
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A new book "Assessment of Climate Change for the Baltic Sea Basin" has been published by Springer-Verlag
Author team comprises more than 80 scientists from 13 countries chaired by Professor Hans von Storch, Meteorological Institute of the University of Hamburg >>> >>> >>> >>>

29 January 2008, at 18:00
Nordic Council of Ministers office in Latvia invites to the discussion about the climate change and renewable energy sources. Discussion will take place in Nordic Council of Ministers information office, Marijas Street 13/3, Riga. Speakers will be: L.Lizuma and T. Koïcova - experts from Latvian Environment, Geology and Meterology Agency, A. Briede - Associated professor at Faculty of Geography and Earth Sciences and D.Blumberga-Professor at Riga Technical University, Institute of Energy Systems and Environment
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The 5th Symposium for European Freshwater Sciences (SEFS 5) materials are available on the website
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February 7 – 8, 2008
International conference „Living with climate change: are there limits to adaptation?” will be held at the Royal Geographical Society in London.
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22 February 2008
Session “Climate Variability and Waters of Latvia” (NRP KALME annual conference) will be held as a part of 66th Scientific Conference of University of Latvia (UL). The session will take place in the Small Hall of the University of Latvia, Raiòa Blvd. 19, on 22 February 2008, 10:00 – 19:00.
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15 January 2008
Abstracts and papers submission deadline for UL 66th Conference session “Climate Variability and Waters” edition

May 19 – 23, 2008
International Symposium “Effects of Climate Change on the World's Oceans” will take place in Gijón, Spain
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October 2007
A new book „Climate change and waters” produced by NRP KALME team has been published by the University Publishers
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September 27-28, 2007
Participation in EurAqua Management Board Meeting 29 at Tallinn
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17 September 2007
The BONUS PLUS program launched a Call for Project Proposals
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September 17-21, 2007
ICES, the world’s largest marine science and advisory body will hold its Annual Science Conference in Helsinki 17 to 21 September. The impact of climate change on marine life is an important item in the conference. Aspects of marine environmental protection in the Baltic Sea will be discusses at a special Theme session, chaired by A.Andrusaitis co-director of the National Research Programme KALME.
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9 September, 2007
Vacancy in BONUS Baltic Organisation
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Session “Climate Variability and Waters of Latvia”
was held as a part of 65th Scientific Conference of University of Latvia (UL). More than 30 presentations have been submitted. The session took place in the Small Hall of the University of Latvia, Raina Blvd. 19, on 6 February 2006, 10:00 – 19:00.
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May 10 – 12, 2007
The international conference “Climate Change and Waters” will be held in cooperation with the INTERREG IIIB project ASTRA. Participants will be mainly researchers of the Baltic Region, representatives of local governments and decision makers. The aim of this conference is to present current studies on climate change in the Baltic Region, as well as policy measures, and practical activities towards adaptation to the climate change.
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10 November, 2006
Program participants gathered for the kick-off meeting. Most of the researchers involved in the 1st phase took part. Program coordinators M.Klavins and A.Andrusaitis provided an introduction on the practical aspects of work. The pro-rector of University of Latvia I.Muiznieks wished the program team success. Work-package (WP) leaders U.Bethers, V.Jansons, G.Springe, G.Eberhards, J.Aigars, A.Ikauniece and K.Abolina presented information about tasks and specific workplans of each WP during the 1st phase. Participants discussed issues related to collaboration among WPs.

30 October, 2006
National Research Program “Climate Change Impact on the Water Environment of Latvia” was officially launched by signing an agreement with Latvian Council of Science. The Program will be implemented in 4 phases spanning 2006 – 2009.
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