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: