MERGE - Modelling the regional and global Earth system

MERGE (Modelling the regional and global Earth system) is a collaboration between: Lund University, University of Gothenburg, Rossby Centre/SMHI, Linnaeus University, Chalmers University of Technology and Royal Institute of Technology. In 2017, MERGE involved more than 120 researchers, including senior scientists, young scientists and other contributing staff.

The vision of MERGE is to establish and develop a major multidisciplinary climate/Earth System modelling node with world leading science and research education on climate/terrestrial biosphere interactions (including vegetation, land use, biogeochemical cycles and aerosols). This is accompanied by societal dialogue between scientists and stakeholders.

The main aims of MERGE are:

  • Strategic research on key global and regional Earth System models, focusing on the terrestrial biosphere as a critical climate-system component, leading to Improved local, regional and global climate models with climate/vegetation interactions
  • Key contributions in national and international arenas, and fostering a new generation of scientists skilled in Earth System science and advanced climate modelling
  • Improve the societal relevance and use of climate-model research and results

MERGE is organised around five research areas that collectively underpin a cohesive interdisciplinary research environment: