The Pyrenean Observatory of Climate Change launches a call for abstracts for the 2º International Colloquium on Climate Change in mountain areas, Pyradapt 2017, scheduled for November 7 and 8  2017 in Biarritz.



This colloquium aims to be a moment of meeting and exchange of knowledge between the scientific community and various technical entities (public research institutes, universities, technical agencies, associations and government technical bodies) to update the bases of Knowledge on impacts, vulnerabilities and adaptation to climate change on mountain areas in order to enhance climate change adaptation in the Pyrenees.

This 2ºInternational colloquium is born to give continuity to the 1º Colloquium on Climate Change in mountain areas launched by the Working Community of the Pyrenees, in Pamplona in November 2013. The presentations and conclusions of the 1º International Colloquium can be consulted on the website: http: //www.opcc-ctp.org/opcc_event/index_en.html.
The conclusions of this 2º Colloquium will feed a report on the state of the art of knowledge of the climate change in the Pyrenees, which will be presented at the 7 sectoral workshops foreseen by the OPCC throughout 2018.

Call for communications

We are pleased to invite you to submit an abstract about your work for the 2º International Colloquium on Climate Change in mountain areas. It will be organized into three topics with brief oral communications. Every communication must be related with one  of the following topics:

The climate in the Pyrenees

Impacts, vulnerabilities and adaptation on biophysical systems

Impacts, vulnerabilities and adaptation on socioeconomic ecosystems

The received abstracts will be evaluated by a Selection Committee. The selected abstracts may be presented as short oral communications within the framework of the 2ºColloquium (approximately 10 minutes). The conclusions of the colloquium will be published and will also nourish the future “Report on climate change in the Pyrenees” of the OPCC2 project.

Abstracts must have a maximum extension of 450 words, and have to be send in the three official languages of the 2º Colloquium; French, Spanish and English.


The registration is free but the reservation through the online survey of the 2º colloquium is required. The online survey is also accessible by making a click in one of the colloquium topics listed in the above section.

The author or co-author of the oral communication has to send their contact details and the abstract of their communication through the online survey.

Authors whose communications will be selected, will be contacted directly by the coordination to organize the successive steps.

Important: once the abstract will be sent, no changes can be made. For any doubt please contact the the organization through the following email: info_opcc@ctp.org

Save the date

  • Opening of the call for communications                                12 April 2017
  • Deadline abstracts submission (max. 450 words)                 12 June 2017
  • Notification of abstracts acceptance                                      30 June  2017
  • Deadline for sending the communication (3-4 pages)        15 September 2017

Abstracts selection criteria

  • Relevance: coherence of the communication with the colloquium topics and the OPCC strategy.
  • Transferability: it will be positively considered the communications dealing with impacts, vulnerabilities and adaptation to climate change transversally.
  • Geographical context: territorial coverage of communication. Works with broad-scale geographical study area will be positively considered.
  • Cross-border cooperation: communications dealing with cooperation between more than one territory will be positively considered.
  • Transferability: works whose results are transferable and useful to socio-economic sectors, social agents and regional governments will be positively valued.

In addition to these selection criteria, the jury will ensure a balance of representativeness concerning  topics, territories and gender of the speakers.

Selection Committee members


  • The organization and the Selection Committee are not responsible for any appeal made by a third party regarding the originality of the submitted works.
  • The organization declines any responsibility for any possible cancellation of this proposal.
  • The receiving entity and those in charge of the evaluation process are obliged to keep strict secrecy of all the information to which they have access and of the fulfillment of all the technical and organizational measures necessary to guarantee the confidentiality and integrity of the information. These obligations will continue even after the end of this process.

Who organizes

The Pyrenean Observatory of Climate Change, OPCC, aims to monitor and to better understand climate change impacts and vulnerabilities in the Pyrenees to assist the territory in the adaptation process. Its aim is to be the reference knowledge platform on climate change adaptation in mountain areas.

The OPCC is a cross-border initiative of territorial cooperation on climate change of the Pyrenees Working Community (CTP), launched in 2010 under the Midi-Pyrenees presidency. The CTP members, and therefore partners of the OPCC, are the Principality of Andorra and the Governments, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Aragón, Catalunya, Euskadi, Navarra and Occitanie. For the development of its strategy and action plan, the  OPCC has a strategic partnership with key research centres and renowned scientists of the Pyrenean massif.

The CTP is the main partner of the OPCC2 project and has six strategic partners on both sides of the border, who lead the following working areas:

  • University of Zaragoza, climatology (CLIMPY project);
  • The Pyrenean Institute of Ecology of the CSIC, peatland ecosystems and high mountain lakes (REPLIM project);
  • Forespir, forests (REPLIM project);
  • The Botanical Conservatory of the Pyrenees, flora (FLORAPYR project);
  • The experimental station Aula Dei of the CSIC centre together with the Geological and Mining Research Agency (BRGM) the thematic axis of water resources.

The OPCC2, CLIMPY, REPLIM, CANOPEE and FLORAPYR projects are 65% co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Interreg programme V-A Spain-France-Andorra (POCTEFA 2014-2020).

The 2nd international colloquium on climate change in mountain areas is organized under the OPCC2 project.

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