Success for Rossby Centre partnered projects in last FP7 call

We recently received news that three project proposals for the the final FP7 call in which the Rossby Centre are partners have been successful. These projects will now enter final negotiations with the European Commission with likely start dates in Autumn 2013.

This was the last call of the Framework Programme 7 before the initiation of the next European funding programme, Horizon 2020, in early 2014. The Rossby Centre is participating in three projects which were successful at proposal stage and have now entered negotiation; they are CLIPC, HELIX and GLOBAQUA.

Climate Information Platform for Copernicus (CLIPC)

CLIPC will provide access to climate information of direct relevance to a wide variety of users, from scientists to policy makers and private sector decision makers. Information will include data from satellite and in-situ observations, climate models and re-analyses, transformed data products to enable impacts assessments and climate change impact indicators.

The Rossby Centre will lead the 'Transforming Climate Data' involving aspects such as the visualisation of uncertainty as well as participating in a number of other work packages.

High-End cLimate Impacts and eXtremes (HELIX)

HELIX will provide a clear, coherent, internally-consistent view of a small, manageable number of “future worlds” under higher levels of global warming reached under a range of physical and socio-economic circumstances, including consideration of different adaptation scenarios, supported by advice on which aspects are more certain and which less certain. This will be delivered through groundbreaking scientific research across a range of physical, natural and social science disciplines, in close engagement with experienced users of climate change information to ensure appropriate focus, clarity and utility.

The Rossby Centre will lead the 'Climate extremes and downscaling' work package and contributes to the following activities:

  1. Provision of climate model simulation data to be used by HELIX impact assessment models;
  2. Performance of a set of high-resolution 30-year AGCM timeslices;
  3. Performance of a series of AGCM timeslice experiments to investigate risks for major tipping points being exceeded in regional climate variability over the HELIX focus regions.
  4. Contribution to 'Media and social media outreach' work package, through the development of appropriate tools.


Water is the most essential of all natural resources. Water and water-related services are major components of the human wellbeing, and as such are major factors of socio-economic development in Europe. However, water resources have often been used at the expenses of ecosystem health. GLOBAQUA seeks to understand the interactions of water stressors, species interactions, species-stressor-relationships and impacts on the ecological functioning, stability and resilience of the aquatic ecosystems in order to implement water policy and optimal decision making in water resources management under complex multiple stress conditions.

SMHI will provide all climate simulation data to the GLOBAQUA project. This will consist of the latest set of Rossby Centre dynamically downscaled historical and future climate projections, made within the EURO-CORDEX project and based on CMIP5 GCM boundary conditions. Downscaled data from the full EURO-CORDEX data set will also be provided and additional downscaling will be made using a new Regional Climate Model to achieve resolutions of 2-4km over the target basins. Our team will further contribute to bias correction of the climate simulation data as required by the project impact models and provide uncertainty estimates on the future projections.