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Stratospheric and upper tropospheric processes for better climate predictions

Stratospheric and upper tropospheric processes for better climate predictions

Objective

StratoClim will produce more reliable projections of climate change and stratospheric ozone by a better understanding and improved representation of key processes in the Upper Troposphere and Stratosphere (UTS). This will be achieved by an integrated approach bridging observations from dedicated field activities, process modelling on all scales, and global modelling with a suite of chemistry climate models (CCMs) and Earth system models (ESMs). At present, complex interactions and feedbacks are inadequately represented in global models with respect to natural and anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases, aerosol precursors and other important trace gases, the atmospheric dynamics affecting transport into and through the UTS, and chemical and microphysical processes governing the chemistry and the radiative properties of the UTS. StratoClim will (a) improve the understanding of the microphysical, chemical and dynamical processes that determine the composition of the UTS, such as the formation, loss and redistribution of aerosol, ozone and water vapour, and how these processes will be affected by climate change; (b) implement these processes and fully include the interactive feedback from UTS ozone and aerosol on surface climate in CCMs and ESMs. Through StratoClim new measurements will be obtained in key regions: (1) in a tropical campaign with a high altitude research aircraft carrying an innovative and comprehensive payload, (2) by a new tropical station for unprecedented ground and sonde measurements, and (3) through newly developed satellite data products. The improved climate models will be used to make more robust and accurate predictions of surface climate and stratospheric ozone, both with a view to the protection of life on Earth. Socioeconomic implications will be assessed and policy relevant information will be communicated to policy makers and the public through a dedicated office for communication, stakeholder contact and international co-operation.
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Coordinator

ALFRED-WEGENER-INSTITUT HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR POLAR- UND MEERESFORSCHUNG

Address

Am Handelshafen 12
27570 Bremerhaven

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 3 871 347,70

Administrative Contact

Nancy Lange (Ms.)

Participants (28)

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BERGISCHE UNIVERSITAET WUPPERTAL

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 128 237,20

CENTRAL AEROLOGICAL OBSERVATORY

Russia

EU Contribution

€ 85 500

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 412 500

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 508 012,50

CSEM CENTRE SUISSE D'ELECTRONIQUE ET DE MICROTECHNIQUE SA - RECHERCHE ET DEVELOPPEMENT

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 89 761,75

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 385 162,75

DANMARKS METEOROLOGISKE INSTITUT

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 118 987,50

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 233 250

FREIE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 118 987,50

FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JULICH GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 384 413

UNIVERSITETET I OSLO

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 39 900

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 339 150

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 432 487,50

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 21 203,14

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DARMSTADT

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 82 500

EOTVOS LORAND TUDOMANYEGYETEM

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 42 750

UNIVERSITAET BREMEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 149 016

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 369 033

THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 98 325

MET OFFICE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 123 301

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 119 130

UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 114 807,74

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 49 000

WUPPERTAL INSTITUT FUR KLIMA, UMWELT, ENERGIE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 60 511,20

BK SCIENTIFIC GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 27 000

UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 28 500

UNIVERSITAET LEIPZIG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 19 237,50

CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 96 466

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 603557

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 December 2013

  • End date

    30 November 2018

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 11 318 237,67

  • EU contribution

    € 8 548 477,98

Coordinated by:

ALFRED-WEGENER-INSTITUT HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR POLAR- UND MEERESFORSCHUNG

Germany