MedCLIVAR 2018 Conference – 1st circular

The 5th MedCLIVAR conference will be held in Belgrade, Serbia, 18-21 September 2018.  Information on the conference organization, sessions, important dates and contact form are available at

The conference will include all traditional MedCLIVAR topics while focusing on creating bridges between scientists, research groups, and scholars dealing with Mediterranean type climate existing in areas of California, Chile, the Western Cape of South Africa, Western and Southern Australia.

Invited Speakers, who have already confirmed their participation are: Carlo Buontempo (ECMWF), Douglas Maraun (University of Graz), Pierre Nabat (CNRM), Eleonora Regattieri (University of Pisa), Alexander Ramos (University of Lisbon), Steven Van Passel (University of Antwerp), Giuseppe Zappa (University of Reading).

Important dates:

17 May   Abstract submission closing 16 June  Notification of acceptance to authors 10 July   Early bird registration deadline 25 July   Final programme published online 18-21 September MedCLIVAR 2018 conference

Themes and Sessions

The Mediterranean Regional Climate System, with contributions on modelling and observing the Mediterranean regional climate. The focus is on understanding climate processes, feedbacks and interactions between the atmosphere, ocean, hydrosphere, biosphere, cryosphere and geosphere.  Conveners: Francois Dulac, Margarida L. R. Liberato, Uwe Ulbrich

Past climate evolution of the Mediterranean region, including contributions on trends, rhythms, and extreme events on Milanković, millennial/centennial and interannual timescales, based on paleo-reconstructions, simulations and long instrumental time series. Conveners: Isabel Cacho, Maria Triantaphyllou, Polychronis Constantinos Tzedaki

Assessment of climate change in the Mediterranean region and climate projections, focusing on i) observation, detection and attribution of past trends ii) future evolution characterization using recent multi-model initiatives iii) presentation of novel dynamical and statistical modeling approaches Conveners: Paola Mercogliano, Samuel Somot

Climate extremes and hazards in the Mediterranean region under a changing climate, with contributions on extreme events and hazards in the Mediterranean, how they are linked to the changing climate and what are the predictions for the next decades. Conveners: Maria Carmen Llasat, Shlomit Paz

Past, Present and Future change of Mediterranean-type climates, this session will compare and contrast across the five Mediterranean-type climates (occurring also in the Western United States, South Africa, central Chile and South Australia) the character and mechanisms of variability and change on interannual to centennial timescales. Conveners: Richard Seager, Isla Simpson

Societal impacts of climate change in the Mediterranean region, considering multidisciplinary climate
environment-human societal systems, feedbacks and interactions, environmental pressures and responses, lessons for the future. Conveners: Ana Iglesias, Athanasios T. Vafeidis

Climate Services in the Mediterranean regions, presenting and discussing activities related to the development of sustainable climate services, based on continuous dialog and partnership between scientists, climate data and related products providers, stakeholders and end-users. Conveners: Silvio Gualdi, Vladimir Đurđević

COMB sessions jointly with IGU Cultural Geography at EUGEO BRUXELLES 2017

COMB sessions jointly with IGU Cultural Geography at EUGEO BRUXELLES 2017.

Link below

EUGEO – Association of Geographical Societies in Europe

EUGEO is the Association of Geographical Societies in Europe. The aim of EUGEO is to represent its members at the European level and to coordinate and initiate joint activities of the members to advance research and education on the Geography of Europe and to promote the scientific discipline, the school subject and the professional practice of Geography in Europe. EUGEO has members from 21 countries. EUGEO also functions as a network and a forum for strengthening the position and operations of its member organisations, in particular for activities with a European dimension.

The Commission on the Mediterranean Basin (COMB) wins 2016 IGU Commissions Excellence award

I am very pleased indeed to inform you that the IGU Commissions Excellence Award sub-committee, convened by Professor Joos Droogleever-Fortuijn, has selected the Commission on the Mediterranean Basin (COMB) as the winner of the 2016 award!  The award is accompanied by the opportunity for the chair or her nominee to present a plenary address at the 2018 IGU Regional Conference in Quebec, Canada.  A formal citation is attached.

We got in addition these kinds words by IGU SEcretary General: “Congratulations to Maria and her colleagues on the COMB steering committee.  There were many strong candidate Commissions this year and the award to COMB is richly deserved indeed”.

A lot of Commissions Chairs, individual Colleagues warmly congratulated to us!

This is the Report :

Report of the IGU Commissions Excellence Award Committee

The IGU Commissions Excellence Award Committee unanimously nominates the Commission on the Mediterranean Basin (COMB) for the IGU Commissions Excellence Award 2016.

The Commission on the Mediterranean Basin is very active and highly productive. It participates consistently in IGU Congresses and Conferences, organizing successful sessions on the geography of the Mediterranean region. Moreover, it is one of the most active commissions, arranging four of its own meetings per year. We applaud COMB for securing funding in its own right from the European Union for a 5-year research project. This is exceptional amongst IGU Commissions. COMB is very creative in developing communication instruments intended to include members from countries with limited access to the usual communication outlets. The Commission communicates through media including Whatsap and Google+ groups as well as weekly mailing lists. The Commission works to motivate and encourage young geographers through the COMB Young Scholars initiative and, by having three young scholars as members of the Commission Steering Committee, COMB is also successful in increasing participation by scholars from North-African countries and facilitating connections between geographers from African countries within IGU.

The IGU Commissions Excellence Award Committee commends the Commission on the Mediterranean Basin for its excellent work.

9 May 2017

Joos Droogleever Fortuijn, Chair
Iain Hay
Vladimir Kolosov
Barbaros Gönençgil

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Report IGU Commissions Excellence Award Committee May 2017

IGU Commission Mediterranean Basin (COMB) – Bassin Méditerranéen

COMB-Commission on Mediterranean Basin emerged in 2012 as the first IGU Commission with a regional focus, aims to promote and foster geographical research on the Mediterranean Region. It aims further to develop of a Mediterranean regional network of geographers.

COMB organises sessions each year for the IGU conferences, and from time to time it has its own meetings.

COMB contributes to international projects devoted to Mediterranean issues, thus fostering the role of geographers on subjects such as cultural dialogue, mobility, climatic change and society, security and safety, pollution, green cities, spatial justice, information society, urban and rural environment and systems (livelihoods, food security, water, transports, energy, environment, risk, desertification, climate change fires and vegetation, conservation), urban and regional planning, governance, coastal management, tourism and leisure areas, tangible and intangible heritage, geoparks, small and medium enterprises and local development, conflict resolution and more. Currently main topics are: ‘Mediterranean Transition spaces, process, patterns’. Mediterranean Mobilities.

COMB was awarded in 2013 of a research grant within EU 7FP Call People Marie Curie IRSES 2013, Project MEDCHANGe 612639.

The IGU COMB Chair is Prof. Maria Paradiso (Italy), and COMB steering committee members, as well as the commission members, come from most of the Mediterranean countries but also from other world regions. Scholars from non-Mediterranean countries interested in the topic are welcome to join (please contact Maria Paradiso:; send your affiliation, 3-4 keywords indicating your research interests and a short cv max 1 page).