The Institute of Coastal Research of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht in Germany initiated a comprehensive climate change assessment for the Greater North Sea region and adjacent land areas, referred to as the ‘North Sea Region Climate Change Assessment’ (NOSCCA). The purpose of this assessment is to review and analyse the scientifically legitimised knowledge of climate change and its impacts across the entire region. The NOSCCA approach is similar in format to the IPCC approach. All climate change chapters were subject to independent scientific review. Influence of any political body was not tolerated.
From the beginning NOSCCA has developed into an independent international initiative involving scientists from all countries in the region. NOSCCA authors are predominately from universities and public research institutes. There was no special or external funding for NOSCCA activities, all contributions were made on a voluntary basis and scientists relied on their institutional resources and support.
NOSCCA cooperates with the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) and is a Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ) affiliated project, information exchange with the OSPAR Commission was agreed upon.
The NOSCCA book has been published in September 2016.