One of COMFORT’s specific objectives is to integrate stakeholder knowledge and provide new results including data to users. That is why a Stakeholder Reference Group (SRG) was created early in the project. COMFORT’s researchers and stakeholders are working together to shape the project’s outcomes to be communicated, not only pertaining knowledge to be communicated but also how that knowledge and information will be communicated. The engagement with stakeholders will take place within a standing dialogue mechanism sustained by the stakeholder group managers; Helena Martins (SMHI) and Dagmara Rusiecka (UiB).


COMFORT Stakeholders Reference Group members:

Wendy Broadgate, Global Hub Director, Sweden, Future Earth

Leo Hickman, Editor, Carbon Brief

Robin Matthews, Senior Science Officer, IPCC WGI Technical Support Unit

Øystein Hov,  Adviser to the Director General, Norwegian Meteorological Institute (MetNo)

Jan Isakson, Director, The Fisheries Secretariat

Beth Holland, Professor, University of the South Pacific


Rolf Rødven, Executive Secretary, Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP)


Access the Stakeholder Reference Group’s area (password protected)

A high impact paper was been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) entitled “The quiet crossing of ocean tipping points” ( through collaboration of SRG members and the COMFORT consortium. The paper focuses on the potential for “high probability, high impact” tipping points caused by the cumulative impact of warming, acidification and deoxygenation – it presents the challenges of dealing with these imminent and long-lasting changes in the Earth system, and discusses options for mitigation and management measures to avoid crossing these tipping points. This also resulted in a guest post in CarbonBrief entitled “The threat of high-probability ocean ‘tipping points” (