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Comprehensive Modelling of the Earth system for better climate prediction and projection

Objective

The European integrating project COMBINE brings together research groups to advance Earth system models (ESMs) for more accurate climate projections and for reduced uncertainty in the prediction of climate and climate change in the next decades. COMBINE will contribute to better assessments of changes in the physical climate system and of their impacts in the societal and economic system. The proposed work will strengthen the scientific base for environmental policies of the EU for the climate negotiations, and will provide input to the IPCC/AR5 process. COMBINE proposes to improve ESMs by including key physical and biogeochemical processes to model more accurately the forcing mechanisms and the feedbacks determining the magnitude of climate change in the 21st century. For this purpose the project will incorporate carbon and nitrogen cycle, aerosols coupled to cloud microphysics and chemistry, proper stratospheric dynamics and increased resolution, ice sheets and permafrost in current Earth system models. COMBINE also proposes to improve initialization techniques to make the best possible use of observation based analyses of ocean and ice to benefit from the predictability of the climate system in predictions of the climate of the next few decades. Combining more realistic models and skilful initialization is expected to reduce the uncertainty in climate projections. Resulting effects will be investigated in the physical climate system and in impacts on water availability and agriculture, globally and in 3 regions under the influence of different climate feedback mechanisms. Results from the comprehensive ESMs will be used in an integrated assessment model to test the underlying assumptions in the scenarios, and hence to contribute to improved scenarios. COMBINE will make use of the experimental design and of the scenarios proposed for IPCC AR5. Therefore the project will be able to contribute to the AR5, by its relevant research and by the contribution of experiments to the IPCC data archives.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture
  • /social sciences/media and communications/library science/archives

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2008-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-IP - Large-scale integrating project

Coordinator

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Munich
Germany
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 1 370 900
Administrative Contact
Claudia Piltz (Ms.)

Participants (23)

MET OFFICE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 859 360
Address
Fitzroy Road
EX1 3PB Exeter
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Terry Warner (Dr.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 723 381
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Gilles Traimond (Mr.)
FONDAZIONE CENTRO EURO-MEDITERRANEOSUI CAMBIAMENTI CLIMATICI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 561 800
Address
Via A Imperatore 16
73100 Lecce
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Antonio De Rinaldis (Dr.)
METEO-FRANCE
France
EU contribution
€ 405 999
Address
Avenue De Paris 73
94165 Saint Mande Cedex
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Frédéric Avril (Mr.)
KONINKLIJK NEDERLANDS METEOROLOGISCH INSTITUUT-KNMI
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 353 416
Address
Utrechtseweg 297
3731 GA De Bilt
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Annemarie Koot (Ms.)
UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN
Norway
EU contribution
€ 404 998,80
Address
Museplassen 1
5020 Bergen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Inger Gjesdahl (Ms.)
DANMARKS METEOROLOGISKE INSTITUT
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 419 989
Address
Lyngbyvej 100
2100 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Erik Rex Christensen (Mr.)
EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR MEDIUM-RANGE WEATHER FORECASTS
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 296 199,60
Address
Shinfield Park
RG2 9AX Reading
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Stefan Eberle (Mr.)
EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 221 600
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ulrike Lohmann (Prof.)
ILMATIETEEN LAITOS
Finland
EU contribution
€ 121 442
Address
Erik Palmenin Aukio 1
00560 Helsinki
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Leena Tuomainen (Ms.)
Ministerie van Volkshuisvesting, Ruimtelijke Ordening en Milieubeheer

Participation ended

Netherlands
Address
Rijnstraat 8
2515 XP Den Haag
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Robert Hoefnagel (Dr.)
SVERIGES METEOROLOGISKA OCH HYDROLOGISKA INSTITUT
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 419 249,50
Address
Folkborgsvaegen 1
601 76 Norrkoeping
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Yvonne Tollén (Ms.)
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 422 849
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nies Springer (Ms.)
HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 116 586
Address
Yliopistonkatu 3
00014 Helsingin Yliopisto
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Satu Väisänen (Ms.)
CENTRE EUROPEEN DE RECHERCHE ET DE FORMATION AVANCEE EN CALCUL SCIENTIFIQUE
France
EU contribution
€ 257 130
Address
Avenue Gaspard Coriolis 42
31057 Toulouse
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dominique Roffi (Mr.)
UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 308 500
Address
Place De L Universite 1
1348 Louvain La Neuve
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Thierry Fichefet (Prof.)
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 50 977
Address
Beacon House Queens Road
BS8 1QU Bristol
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mike Hobbs (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAET KASSEL
Germany
EU contribution
€ 102 000
Address
Monchebergstrasse 19
34125 Kassel
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tim Scholze (Mr.)
POLYTECHNEIO KRITIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 90 000
Address
Building E4, Technical University Campus Counoupidiana
731 00 Chania
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Argiro Vaidaki (Ms.)
THE CYPRUS RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 90 000
Address
Konstantinou Kavafi 20
2121 Lefkosia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
George Maratheftis (Mr.)
INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE PESQUISAS ESPACIAIS
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 50 000
Address
Avenida Dos Astronautas 1758
12227-010 Sao Jose Dos Campos
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Reynaldo Luiz Victória (Dr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 81 303
Address
The Queen's Drive Northcote House
EX4 4QJ Exeter
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Enda Clarke (Dr.)
MINISTERIE VAN INFRASTRUCTUUR EN WATERSTAAT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 195 000
Address
Rijnstraat 8
2500 EX Den Haag
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marjorie Rensen