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UKF grantee dr. sc. Jadranka Šepić has been awarded the ERC Starting Grant project

Dr. sc.  Jadranka Šepić, the research associate at the Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries in Split, Croatia who was the leader of the UKF project "Meteotsunamis, destructive long ocean waves in the tsunami frequency band: from observations and simulations towards a warning system (MESSI)” which finished in 2017 , has received  806 250 euro from the European Research Council (ERC) for the study of sea levels along the European coasts in changing climate, to be performed in the period of five years.
The funded project “Estimating contribution of sub-hourly sea level oscillations to overall sea level extremes in changing climate (SHExtreme)”, which presents an extension of the research performed within the UKF project, will study sea levels which are estimated to rise between 40 and 60 centimetres worldwide by the end of 21st century. Coping with this phenomenon, induced by climate change, is one of the most important challenges of modern societies, as higher sea levels increase the likelihood of extreme events, such as floods or meteotsunamis, and the risks associated with them. The purpose of dr.sc. Jadranka Šepić’s work is to develop the first, comprehensive analysis of intensity, frequency, and spatial and temporal distribution of present and future extreme sea levels along the European coasts. Her research has the potential to improve assessment studies related to extreme sea levels, as well as coastal planning.
The funds received from the European Research Council will also allow dr. Šepić hire a doctoral and a postdoctoral researcher and engage local and foreign scientists.
The projects funded by ERC are highest quality research in Europe and scientists are awarded solely on the basis of scientific excellence of their research with dr. sc. Šepić being the only Croatian awardee of the ERC Starting Grant this year.
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