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Influence of the air-sea-ice interactions in the polar regions on the global climate - a study with a new coupled atmosphere-ocean general circulation model


Research objectives and content
The objective of the present research project is twofold: (1) to develop a coupled atmosphere-ocean general circulation model of the new generation and (2) to use this model in order to quantify the role played by the air-sea-ice interactions at high latitudes in controlling the Earth's climate. The model will include the new atmospheric general circulation model of the Laboratoire de Meteorologie Dynamique (Paris) and a higher-resolution version of the global ocean/sea-ice model recently developed at the Institut d'Astronomie et de Geophysique G. Lemaitre of the Universite catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve). It will be investigated to what degree the exchanges of heat, mass, and momentum between ocean and sea ice affect the climate simulated by the model. The importance of specific sea-ice processes will also be examined. Training content (objective, benefit and expected impact)
This project will improve our understanding of the physical mechanisms that act within the coupled atmosphere/ocean/sea ice system. It will also allow me to familiarize myself with three-dimensional climate models. with supercomputers. and with techniques of treatment of model outputs. My training in climatolog will therefore be significantly improved at the end of the project.

Funding Scheme

RGI - Research grants (individual fellowships)


2,Chemin Du Cyclotron 2
1348 Louvain-la-neuve

Participants (1)

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