European Framework Programme Projects

The Rossby Centre is involved in a number of European Union Framework Programme 7 (FP7) projects including coordination of FP7 EMBRACE.

EMBRACE is a four year project (2011-2015) with a consortium made up of 19 partners from across Europe bringing together the leading Earth System Models (ESMs) in Europe with the goal of developing a variety of model improvements leading to more reliable projections of the future climate. The Rossby Centre coordinates all aspects of the project in addition to a significant scientific contribution.

EMBRACE website

The COMBINE (2009‐2013) project aims to improve global climate models for better climate predictions and projections with model simulations for CMIP5 in support of IPCC AR5. The Rossby Centre contributes with decadal predictions to CMIP5 with a focus on: improving sea ice parameterisation and initialisation for decadal predictions; and impact of model improvement on regional climate projections.

COMBINE website

In the ECLISE (2011‐2014) project the Rossby Centre has analysed and provided climate scenario data for research aimed at establishing climate services in Europe. The climate modeling part of this project includes both global and regional climate models operating at very high resolution.

ECLISE website

EUPORIAS intends to improve our ability to maximise the societal benefit of these new technologies. Working closely with a number of European stakeholders this project will develop a few fully working prototypes of climate services addressing the need of specific users. The time horizon is set between a month and a year ahead with the aim of extending it towards the more challenging decadal scale.

EUPORIAS website

Within the GENESIS (2009‐2014) project, in collaboration with our colleagues in Hydrology, the Rossby Centre provide ensemble regional climate data for groundwater modelling across Europe; this involves both bias corrected precipitation and temperature data for the specific field sites, and a wider set of Regional Climate Model (RCM) output variable for regional analyses. Ongoing work includes the development of high resolution RCM components to provide an improved
interface to groundwater models.

GENESIS website

In the HEALTHY FUTURES (2011‐2014) project the Rossby Centre provide high‐resolution regional climate simulations for eastern Africa. The simulations will be used to assess future risk in three high impact vector‐borne diseases; malaria, Rift valley fever and schistosomiasis.


The Rossby Centre has contributed to IMPACT2C (2011‐2015) by performing and analysing a number of simulations with high‐resolution global and regional climate models at the time when global mean temperatures reach 2°C above the preindustrial level. IMPACT2C focuses on a few vulnerable regions of the world including parts of Africa, Bangladesh and the Maldives, in addition to Europe.

IMPACT2C website

In IS‐ENES (2009‐2013) Rossby Centre contributions include the development of a prototype web portal (currently launched for external review) focusing on a wide range of users and stakeholders searching for climate model data for use in climate change impact studies. The project is in its final phase with more than 95% of the work completed. Results from the project have accelerated ESM development and lead to the approval of a follow‐up project IS‐ENES2 which will start in April 2013 and has as one emphasis the development of a European ensemble of high‐resolution, multi‐model, multi‐member, GCM climate simulations delivered through Tier‐0 computer systems.

IS-ENES website

SPECS (2012-2017) aims to to deliver a new generation of European climate forecast systems, with improved forecast quality and efficient regionalisation tools to produce reliable, local climate information over land at seasonal-to-decadal time scales, and provide an enhanced communication protocol and services to satisfy the climate information needs of a wide range of public and private stakeholders.

SPECS website