The sixth MedCLIVAR Conference will be held at the Sciences and Techniques Faculty of the Cadi Ayyad University, in Marrakesh, Morocco. It will be the first of the series taking place in a North African country, following MedCLIVAR 2011 (Lecce, Italy), MedCLIVAR 2012 (Madrid, Spain), MedCLIVAR 2014 (Ankara, Turkey), MedCLIVAR 2016 (Athens, Greece), MedCLIVAR 2018 (Belgrade, Serbia).

This conference will have a special focus on the effects of climate change in the Mediterranean Region that are already threatening human societies and ecosystems. As the Mediterranean region is particularly exposed to climate related risks, advances are needed for their quantification, understanding and for the development of suitable adaptation measures. The conference will bring together scientists from the whole range of disciplines involved in the MedCLIVAR community, in order to assess, through observations and modelling, climate change in the Mediterranean region and risks for terrestrial and marine biodiversity, food production, water resources, touristic activities, health development and migration processes. Research presented will consider all relevant scales of the climate system, in particular regional, local and urban scales. Special emphasis will be on North African climate and tropical-mid-latitudes interactions. Studies will present results, tools and methods for better understanding the complexity of Mediterranean climate, for the estimation of past, present and future changes, and on the implications for Mediterranean societies.