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JBA Consulting wins metocean and climate impact contract for marine industries

JBA Consulting and its consortium partners, has won a large EU funded project examining the impact of present day and future metocean conditions on marine industries. The contract is part of the EU’s Copernicus programme and is being delivered by a consortium led by Stichting Deltares (Netherlands). The consortium is made up of JBA Consulting (UK), Danish Meteorological Institute (Denmark), National Research Council - Institute of Marine Sciences (Italy) and University College Cork (Ireland).

The contract will involve the development of a new European dataset that will include detailed tide, storm surge, wind and wave conditions, for both a historical baseline and future trends. The dataset will also include a set of Climate Impact Indicators and new tools designed to evaluate the impacts of climate change on different industries. The resulting data will be made accessible through a web portal.

As part of this Copernicus C3S contract, JBA is tasked with considering how metocean conditions will impact operations within the offshore wind and ports and harbour sectors, both now and in the future. This will be achieved by applying their metocean risk management technology, ForeCoast® Marine, to a series of end user cases. Following this work, JBA will develop generalised indices and tools for incorporation within the climate data store that will help others in the marine sector to evaluate and plan for the impacts of metocean conditions.

Mark Lawless, Director and Head of Coastal Risk Management at JBA Consulting, commented, “Companies who participate in our end user cases will receive a tailored, ForeCoast® Marine model for their operations. This is a fantastic opportunity for businesses as it will allow them to better understand the impact of current and future weather-related risks on their marine operations and the steps which can be taken to mitigate against them.”

JBA is in the process of identifying end user partners to be involved in the contract. The key advantage of becoming an end user is that JBA will work closely with the partners to develop a bespoke ForeCoast® Marine model. The model will simulate the end user’s marine operations and the effect of metocean conditions on these. This model can then be used by end users to:

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of marine operations, considering the impact of present day metocean disruptions;

  • Examine how climate change may impact on the effectiveness of marine operations; and to

  • Assess how infrastructure investments and/or alternative operational strategies can be used to minimise the impacts of climate change.

To find out how you can get involved in the project, view the partner engagement overview on the ForeCoast® Marine website or contact Mark Lawless at:


T: 01756 688500.

Notes to editor

The contract, entitled C3S-422-Lot2-Deltares-European Services is awarded to Stichting Deltares (Netherlands) in association with JBA Consulting (UK), Danish Meteorological Institute (Denmark), National Research Council - Institute of Marine Sciences (Italy) and University College Cork (Ireland).

The data generated will enable a number of Climate Impact Indicators (CII’s) to be derived, and will showcase the usability of the dataset to run more detailed local models to derive a further set of CII’s for a number of use cases.

The data produced in this project will be made available in the C3S Data Store through a web portal that allows end users to browse and obtain relevant climate impact indicators for coastal regions in Europe. Each partner in this contract will develop a local user case study during the project to demonstrate and test the functionality of the end product.

C3S_422_Lot2_Deltares_European Services started from 1 September 2017 and will last for 18 months. More details about this contract can be obtained through Deltares by contacting the media contacts below.

Copernicus is the European Commission’s flagship Earth observation programme. It delivers freely accessible operational data and information services which provide users with reliable and up-to-date information related to environmental and security issues. C3S is run by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) on behalf of the European Commission. ECMWF also operates the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS). ECMWF is an independent intergovernmental organisation, producing and disseminating numerical weather predictions to its 34 Member and Co-operating States. Academic and environmental institutions from across Europe, including national meteorological services, play an integral part in making Copernicus a success.

Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) aims to provide information to support the development of a climate resilient society. Through the Copernicus ITT C3S_422_Lot2: Global and European Services, the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) intends to provide a climate change operational data service for a European-wide coastal area for.

The Copernicus Climate Change Service website can be found at

The Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service website can be found at

The ECMWF website can be found at

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