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Anticipating climate change and biospheric feedbacks within the Earth system to 2200

Anticipating climate change and biospheric feedbacks within the Earth system to 2200

Objective

There is a pressing need to improve our understanding of climate processes and their impacts in order to develop appropriate adaptation and mitigation measures. Increasing concentrations of anthropogenic greenhouse gases (GHGs) are known to be causing changes in global climate patterns, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. However, our ability to predict future climatic states is still limited for a variety of reasons. Key among these is our understanding of the coupled behaviour of the components of the Earth system that contribute to the evolution of GHG concentrations, climate responses, and the impacts of environmental change. Earth System Models (ESMs) have emerged as our most important tool with which to test our understanding and predict the coupled behaviour of the many interacting components. However, a variety of recent observations indicate that changes are occurring at faster rates than predicted, suggesting that we are underestimating the strength of feedbacks in the Earth system. We propose a research training programme that will have as its scientific focus the evaluation, improvement, and application of a range of different ESMs. We will consider all the important anthropogenic greenhouse gases and will undertake a range of projects, broadly classed into data and model benchmarking, marine processes, terrestrial processes, high latitude feedbacks, and coupled modelling. Science projects by individual fellows will enhance links between network partners as well as considerably improve our understanding of Earth system feedbacks. A comprehensive, coordinated range of training events will be provided. We will foster the next generation of Earth system scientists and reduce uncertainties in future Earth system behaviour, thereby greatly improving the quality of knowledge available to policy makers and significantly strengthening European science.

Coordinator

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

Address

Trinity Lane The Old Schools
Cb2 1tn Cambridge

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 909 480

Administrative Contact

Renata Schaeffer (Ms.)

Participants (15)

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COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

EU Contribution

€ 383 012,24

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 401 904,72

CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION ECOLOGICA YAPLICACIONES FORESTALES CONSORCIO

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 377 055,90

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 443 706,94

INSTITUTO SUPERIOR DE AGRONOMIA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 365 611,32

MET OFFICE

United Kingdom

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 388 170,14

POTSDAM INSTITUT FUER KLIMAFOLGENFORSCHUNG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 444 362,55

UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 415 304,96

LUNDS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 398 790,69

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 421 904,96

STICHTING VU

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 392 970,56

ESTELLUS SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 211 402,36

THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 396 322,32

VERENIGING VOOR CHRISTELIJK HOGER ONDERWIJS WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK EN PATIENTENZORG

Netherlands

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 238366

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2010

  • End date

    31 December 2013

Funded under:

FP7-PEOPLE

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 949 999,66

  • EU contribution

    € 5 949 999,66

Coordinated by:

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

United Kingdom