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Sustainability Field 1.1.1
Climate Research

Programmes assigned to this field

ACES Antarctic Climate and Earth Systems (Antarctic Climate and Earth Systems)
Objectives: Understand the interactions between atmosphere, sea-ice and ocean at high southern latitudes Develop models to aid our understanding (...)
Objectives:
Understand the interactions between atmosphere, sea-ice and ocean at high southern latitudes
Develop models to aid our understanding of Antarctic regional processes and enable us to represent essential regional phenomena in global models covering both the atmosphere and the ocean
Determine the nature and influence of the principal connections between Antarctica and the global climate system
Determine the importance of water masses of Antarctic origin in the global ocean circulation
Determine the sensitivity of the global climate system to processes occurring or originating in the Antarctic
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FREE Flood Risk and Extreme Events (Flood Risk and Extreme Events)
Flood Risk from Extreme Events (FREE) is research to predict floods minutes to weeks and seasons to decades ahead. The programme uses environmental (...)
Flood Risk from Extreme Events (FREE) is research to predict floods minutes to weeks and seasons to decades ahead.
The programme uses environmental science to investigate the physical processes involved in generating extreme events, so they can be better forecasted.
Climate change will probably bring more frequent and intense storms to the UK, in turn bringing more floods. At present, flood damage costs the UK about ú1bn each year. So it's essential we improve our ability to forecast, quantify and manage flood risks, and mitigate the effects of climate variability and change, if we're to maintain a sustainable economy. Sound environmental science must underpin our efforts.
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ICP Integrated Climate Programme (Integrated Climate Programme)
The Integrated Climate Programme is a five year programme with the aim of providing tailored climate change advice to UK government, and supporting (...)
The Integrated Climate Programme is a five year programme with the aim of providing tailored climate change advice to UK government, and supporting DECC and Defra in developing policy to tackle climate change. The Met Office undertakes research into climate change and variability on behalf of DECC and Defra under the ICP.
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JWCRP Joint Weather and Climate Research Programme (Joint Weather and Climate Research Programme)
The programme was launched in March 2009 as the Joint Climate Research Programme. The programme's overarching aim is ensuring, in areas of common (...)
The programme was launched in March 2009 as the Joint Climate Research Programme. The programme's overarching aim is ensuring, in areas of common interest to the Met Office and NERC, that the UK maintains and strengthens its leading international position in climate science, and hence in climate forecasting and provision of advice for climate policy.
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LWEC Living With Environmental Change (Living With Environmental Change)
New science and research for a secure future Our planet faces unprecedented change. If we continue on our current path, by the end of this century, (...)
New science and research for a secure future
Our planet faces unprecedented change. If we continue on our current path, by the end of this century, or earlier, our environment will be in a state that modern humans have never experienced. In parts of the world, supplies of food and water will be at risk and flood defences stretched.
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Mistra-SWECIA Mistra SWEdish research programme on Climate, Impacts and Adaptation
Mistra-SWECIA is a research programme on climate, impacts and adaptation. It extends and transcends state-of-the-art disciplinary research on climate (...)
Mistra-SWECIA is a research programme on climate, impacts and adaptation. It extends and transcends state-of-the-art disciplinary research on climate science, biology/ecology, economics, and social sciences.

The overarching aim is to create a capacity for advanced analysis and consistent assessment of climate, economy and impacts. Global and regional models of climate, economy and impacts are the main tool, together with data on natural and human processes and systems. The application of this capacity involves also a strong line of research on the adaptation process itself, focusing on learning from experience, putting new knowledge into use, identifying bottlenecks and opportunities.

The programme scope is global, with focus on regional and local scales in the Nordic region. Climate, impacts, economy and adaptation are considered on and across all these scales, including couplings and feed back. Indeed, Mistra-SWECIA forges a new interdisciplinary approach. This will serve as a stepping stone for improved and useful understanding and handling of the systems, processes and issues at hand.

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NAME Numerical Atmospheric-dispersion Modelling Environment (Numerical Atmospheric-dispersion Modelling Environment)
The Met Office's Numerical Atmospheric-dispersion Modelling Environment (NAME) is used to model a wide range of atmospheric dispersion events. This (...)
The Met Office's Numerical Atmospheric-dispersion Modelling Environment (NAME) is used to model a wide range of atmospheric dispersion events.
This includes nuclear accidents, volcanic eruptions, chemical accidents, smoke from fires, odours, airborne animal diseases as well as in the provision of routine air quality forecasts. The model is used for research activities and for emergency air pollution forecasts. NAME is a flexible modelling environment able to predict dispersion over distances ranging from a few kilometres to the whole globe and for time periods of minutes to decades.
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TPOC Technology Proof of Concept (Technology Proof of Concept)
NERC's Strategy 'Next Generation Science for Planet Earth' identifies technology development as one of the key areas NERC needs to support in order (...)
NERC's Strategy 'Next Generation Science for Planet Earth' identifies technology development as one of the key areas NERC needs to support in order to deliver the aims and objectives of the strategy. To reflect this NERC's strategy includes a dedicated Technologies Theme and an associated Theme Action Plan. One of the actions from the first Technologies Theme Action Plan is a research programme to fund the development of new and innovative technology concepts with potential applications to environmental science.
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Projects assigned to this field

GIS-KliSchee Adaptation of Winter Sports Tourism to Climate Change and Weather Variability in German Low Mountain Ranges ( Anpassung des Wintersporttourismus in den deutschen Mittelgebirgen an Klimawandel und Witterungsvariabilität)
Das Projekt GIS-KliSchee verfolgt die Zielsetzung, flächenscharf auf der Basis von Klimamessdaten, Relief, Oberflächentypen, Strömungsfeld und (...)
Das Projekt GIS-KliSchee verfolgt die Zielsetzung, flächenscharf auf der Basis von Klimamessdaten, Relief, Oberflächentypen, Strömungsfeld und Einstrahlung unter Einsatz von Satellitenbildern das lokale Schneepotenzial zu erfassen und wahrscheinliche Änderungsszenarien, abgeleitet aus regionalen Klimamodellrechnungen, flächenscharf vorzuhalten. Die Einbindung in ein Geographisches Informationssystem (GIS) ermöglicht die Integration von Daten zu bestehenden Infrastruktureinrichtungen, ökologischen Vorranggebieten und ökonomischen Parametern, so dass ein für die räumliche Planung nutzbares Expertensystem entsteht, mit dem Investitionsentscheidungen vorbereitet werden können und – je nach Schneepotenzial – unterschiedliche Adaptionsstrategien vorgeschlagen werden.
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  Models, Media, and Arctic Climate Change
This interdisciplinary research project tries to understand the the interface between media, sustainability policies and modelling of climate (...)
This interdisciplinary research project tries to understand the the interface between media, sustainability policies and modelling of climate and ecosystems.
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IRCAAM Reciproqual Influence of Western Africa, Southern Asia and Mediterranean Climates (Influence Réciproque des Climats de l'Afrique de l'Ouest, du sud de l'Asie et du bassin Méditerranéen)
While the evidence for a global climate change due to anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases and aerosols is accumulating at a rapid pace, it is (...)
While the evidence for a global climate change due to anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases and aerosols is accumulating at a rapid pace, it is still very difficult to predict its regional consequences given our limited ability to simulate and understand natural climate variability. In order to better quantify the regional impacts of global warming over the forthcoming decades, we need to evaluate the main mechanisms of natural atmospheric variability, as well as the main feedbacks associated with ocean and land surface boundary conditions. Improving our knowledge in this respect should also be of benefit to dynamical climate prediction at the intraseasonal to interannual timescale, thereby improving our ability to anticipate the occurrence of extreme climate events (heat waves, floods or droughts). The main objective of the IRCAAM project is to study the physical mechanisms that underlie the intraseasonal and interannual variability of the West African and South Asian monsoons, their reciprocal influence, and their effects on the Mediterranean basin. Many studies indeed provide evidence of teleconnections between the three regions, but do not necessarily explain and assess the importance of these relationships. Testing and validating our climate models in this respect should allow us to take a new step in monthly to seasonal forecasting, and also to better constrain the regional model response in the 21st century climate scenarios, especially as far as the impact of global warming on extreme climate events is concerned.
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MegaRun Simulation and Understanding of Glacial Cycles
Understanding the mechanisms of glacial climate change represents a major scientific challenge. In spite of considerable progress in empirical (...)

Understanding the mechanisms of glacial climate change represents a major scientific challenge. In spite of considerable progress in empirical palaeoclimatology achieved in recent decades, the nature of glacial climate variability remains debatable and no generally accepted theory of glacial cycles exists. The aim of MegaRun is to gain considerable progress in understanding past climate changes by using an Earth system model of intermediate complexity in conjunction with data analysis.

The major goal of the MegaRun project is to perform simulations of the temporal dynamics of climate and ice sheets during the whole Quaternary period (ca. last 2 million years) using orbital forcing as the only externally prescribed forcing. Changes in the atmospheric concentration of major greenhouse gases and dust loading and deposition will be interactively simulated by the new version of CLIMBER-2-ICE model which is currently under development.

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ACCUA WATER USE ADAPTATIONS TO CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN (ADAPTACIONS AL CANVI CLIMÀTIC EN L'US DE L'AIGUA)
ACCUA project will assess the territorial vulnerability of the Mediterranean littoral in Catalonia with regard to the main effects of the global (...)

ACCUA project will assess the territorial vulnerability of the Mediterranean littoral in Catalonia with regard to the main effects of the global change related to water availability. The objective is to define possible adaptive options against this territorial and social vulnerability.

ACCUA is a three-year research project funded by Obra Social de Caixa Catalunya and coordinated by the Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF), which includes the participation of researchers from other institutes, such as the Hydrogeology Group in the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (GHS-UPC), the Institute for Agrifood Research and Technology (IRTA) and the European Topic Centre on Land Use and Spatial Information (ETC-LUSI).

Specific objectives:

  • To analyse the evolution of water availability along time, for different climate scenarios, according to land uses and their changes in some decades.
  • To analyse the vulnerability of the main crops and the possible alternatives.
  • To study the consequences of urban development on the water avalability and its evolution.
  • To assess the vulnerability of the territory, the population and the infrastructures to hydrological regime changes.
  • To establish the main vulnerable areas to sea level rise and to analyse the possible effects on populations, infrastructures and coastline in several scenarios.
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