It has been a few months since our last Newsletter was published (in August 2013). This period was particularly rich in events. The key event was the "OT-Med Progress Meeting" which took place between 4th and 6th December 2013 (read more). This meeting enabled us to take stock of our activities since the Labex was launched. The aim of this meeting was also to set up the objectives of the next call for projects of OT-Med, which will be launched in January 2014 at the latest.

The important international event concerning our research themes was the publication of the report of working group 1 of IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) on 27th September 2013. At that day we posted the summary of the results on our websites (read the IPCC results summary).

In October 2013 four new OT-Med PhD students started their work (read more).

The research supported by OT-Med resulted in four more scientific articles which have been recently published (read more).

Concerning our international activities, OT-Med participated in the “Kick-off meeting” of the "Observatory for the Development of the Mediterranean, a tool for decision makers" in Malta on 13th-14th November 2013 (read more). OT-Med has also become a member of MED Solutions network, which is a United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) for Mediterranean.

The conference "Le Sahara, Impacts de changements environnementaux extrêmes sur la biodiversité" was held on 28th-29th November 2013 and was a great success (read more). OT-Med was presented during the meeting "12-14 de l'Arbois" devoted to biodiversity on the 5th November 2013 (read more).Talks of several renowned researchers were given (read more: M. Zhou, A. Masrouhi, A. Desrochers and G. Gea-Izquierdo).

In every issue of our Newsletter we present people and teams involved in OT-Med projects. We already presented Sinan Shi, engineer/programmer in scientific computing and mathematical modeling (go to article) and the modeling team of CEREGE, headed by Joël Guiot and Ginette Saracco (go to article). This time we would like to present the IRSTEA Aix-en-Provence Centre (go to article).

In order to become a source of information on climate change and natural hazards in the Mediterranean region for the society and to reach a wider public, we launched a general public website: http://climat-risque.otmed.fr. Readers have a possibility to send their questions and the researchers reply. Moreover, we are present on twitter (read more).

OT-Med would also like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

Good reading and evidently, we are open to any suggestions concerning both the contents and the form of our newsletter.

Joël Guiot, Director of OT-Med