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IMPETUS4CHANGE (I4C): IMPROVING NEAR-TERM CLIMATE PREDICTIONS FOR SOCIETAL TRANSFORMATION

Project description

Near-term predictions from global climate to local impacts

What will the climate in your country or region be like 5 or 10 years from now? Amidst climate change, this is more than a question for academic discussion. Climate predictions can help increase resilience against drought, sea level rise, superstorms and other extreme weather events. In this context, the EU-funded Impetus4Change project aims to improve the quality, accessibility and usability of near-term climate information and services at local to regional scales. It will also support end-user adaptation planning and action. Overall, the project will improve understanding and flow of climate information through knowledge networks. Its second goal is to deliver seasonal to decadal predictions of improved quality. The project will also improve assessments of hazards.

Objective

"IMPETUS4CHANGE (I4C) will make significant scientific advances that will enhance our collective ability to act on and adapt to near-term climate change. The overarching objective of I4C is to improve the quality, accessibility and usability of near-term climate information and services at local to regional scales – where impacts are most keenly felt and on-the-ground adaptation is implemented – to strengthen and support end-user adaptation planning and action. Several specific objectives work towards this overarching goal: 1) Improve understanding and flow of climate information through knowledge networks; 2) Address persistent shortcomings to deliver seasonal to decadal predictions of improved quality; 3) Develop novel methods to downscale predictions to local scales; 4) Improve assessments of hazards and translate this into usable information for local risk assessments; 5) Make advances towards the goal of end-to-end seamless climate services; 6) Through transdisciplinary co-production approaches develop fit-for-purpose ""Adaptation support packs"" at municipal scales through our so-called urban Demonstrators; 7) Ensure high impact and visibility through robust and targeted communication and engagement; 8) Commit to Open Science through development of open access tools and exploitation of data/model outputs via relevant platforms thereby ensuring improved accessibility and usability of climate knowledge.

The I4C approach is to address and improve the full value chain of near-term predictions from global climate to local impacts. Many of our fundamental science activities in modeling, downscaling, and tailoring near-term climate are novel and experimental. Additionally, the inclusion of an expert team of social scientists will allow a more rigorous co-production process as the project transforms data to information, information to knowledge and knowledge to action.

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Coordinator

NORCE NORWEGIAN RESEARCH CENTRE AS
Net EU contribution
€ 2 108 965,00
Address
NYGARDSGATEN 112
5838 Bergen
Norway

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Region
Norge Vestlandet Vestland
Activity type
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Total cost
€ 2 108 965,00

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