Short description

  • Southernmost point of the European Union, Gavdos island is part of Crete
  • Largest Greek island, 5th largest in Mediterranean

  • Crete produces almost 5% of Greek GDP
  • Blue growth sectors have a large share in Cretan VA
  • Wide coverage in the literature, especially for water-related climate impacts (sea level rise, droughts, waves, floods).
  • Main affected sectors include tourism and agriculture (e.g. olive production)


  • The impact of recent climate change on flooding and sediment supply within a Mediterranean mountain catchment, southwestern Crete, Greece (Maas and Macklin, 2002)
  • Severe climate-induced water shortage and extremes in Crete (Tsanis et al, 2011)
  • Impact of climate change on water resources status: A case study for Crete Island, Greece (Koutroulis et al, 2013)
  • Impacts of climate change on all European islands (Sauter et al, 2013)
  • An integrated wave modelling framework for extreme and rare events for climate change in coastal areas – the case of Rethymno, Crete (Tsoukala et al, 2016)
  • Drought, flood and rainfall analysis under climate change in Crete, Greece (Tapoglou et al, 2017)
  • Climate changing Agriculture – International conference in Chania, Crete, 2017 (proceedings)
Blue economy sectors

Blue economy sectors

Tourism receipts amount to 50% of Cretan GDP Cretan tourism are ¼ of Greek tourism receipts Tourism accounts for 9% of Greek GDP 20% of renewable energy sources (RES) in power supply 813MW of thermal power (heavy oil, diesel), 200 MW of wind...

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Local Working group

Local Working group

The following partners are involved in the study of Crete: E3 Modelling The following local stakeholders have declared their interest in participating in the local study of Crete in the frame of the Soclimpact project: Regional Authority of...

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