The Slowing Gulf Stream
Recently, research has been published that the so-called Atlantic Meridional Ocean Circulation – of which the Gulf Stream is part – is likely slower than it has been for over 1000 years. As a result, there is some speculation that the circulation in the North Atlantic Ocean could slow or even shut down as a result of global warming. Since this would have a substantial impact on the weather and climate in Europe, it is imperative that we increase our knowledge of the processes influencing our oceans and climate, especially in the Arctic, so that we can quantify the risk and develop early-warning indicators. Skilful predictions of weather and climate offer many benefits to society, particularly if we could accurately predict weather and climate a few seasons or even years in advance.
Together with the EU-funded Blue-Action project in collaboration with the AtlantOS project the Searica Intergroup has taken the initiative to organise an event to discuss with scientist about the Atlantic Ocean circulation and its potential impacts. Blue-Action is mandated to better understand and explain the impact of a changing Arctic on the weather and climate of the Northern Hemisphere. AtlantOS is paving the way for a pan-Atlantic Ocean observing system, to collect the data we need to better understand and manage this ocean basin.
The draft agenda of the conference is available here below.
What is an Intergroup?
The Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup is one of the 27 Intergroups that were approved on 11 December 2019 by the Conference of Presidents for the 9th legislature of the European Parliament. Intergroups can be formed by MEPs from any political group and any parliamentary committee with a view to holding informal exchanges of views on particular issues and promoting contact between MEPs and civil society.
The Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup brings together more than 100 MEPs from 7 different political groups and 23 Member States.
Intergroups are not Parliament bodies and therefore may not express Parliament's opinion.
Intergroups are subject to internal rules adopted by the Conference of Presidents on 16 December 1999 (last updated on 11 September 2014), which set out the conditions under which intergroups may be established at the beginning of each parliamentary term and their operating rules.