The new projects
In addition to a number of ongoing European Union Framework Programme 7 projects we have also been part of three successful proposals for new FP7 projects.
The three upcoming projects, involving Rossby Centre scientists, are;
• SPECS (Seasonal-to-decadal climate Prediction for the improvement of European Climate Services);
• EUPORIAS (EUropean Provision Of Regional Impact Assessment on a Seasonal-to-decadal timescale); and
• IS-ENES2 (Infrastructure for the European Network for Earth System modelling – phase 2)
SPECS and EUPORIAS are closely aligned and there will be a joint kick off meeting for the two projects 6th-9th November 2012 in Barcelona. IS-ENES2 is expected to start in early 2013.
Climate prediction on seasonal-to-decadal timescales
Both SPECS and EUPORIAS are focused on climate prediction on the seasonal to decadal timescale with the aim of identifying problems in climate prediction and developing and delivering reliable predictions of the future climate to public and private stakeholders. This will allow European policy makers, industry and society to better adapt to near future climate variations. Both projects will a have strong focus on stakeholder engagement to develop user friendly and reliable climate services and tools to improve resilience to future climatic conditions in key sectors including water, energy, transport and health.
Enhancing the European Network for Earth System Modelling
IS-ENES2 will implement the European Network for Earth System Modelling (ENES) strategy developed during IS-ENES by further integrating the European climate modelling community, stimulate common developments of software for models and their environments, foster the execution and exploitation of simulations, and support the dissemination of model results to the climate research and impact communities. Further details on ENES and the current IS-ENES project can be found at https://is.enes.org/.