27-29 Sept 2016, Rome, Italy
This year, CRESCENDO’s General Assembly was held by Project Partner CNR at its headquarters in Rome, Italy. Special thanks go to Jost von Hardenberg for acting as local organiser for this meeting. The annual meeting ran over two full days (27-28th sept) plus an extra day (29th Sept) with optional attendance dedicated to a half-day scoping meeting focused on “Potential CRESCENDO contributions to the 1.5/2C warming Special Report” with around 50 attendees. It was a very successful meeting with over 80 attendees from all CRESCENDO partners, plus one representative, Pier Luigi Vidale from the H2020 project PRIMAVERA and one representative, Wilfran Moufouma-Okia from the IPCC Working Group I.
All presentations from the meeting and full version of the meeting minutes and post-meeting survey results have now been made available on our Intranet (https://www.crescendoproject.eu/intranet/member-account-page/members-login-page/).
The carbon cycle is a key component of the climate system and supporting carbon cycle development, simulations and analysis is a central strand of CRESCENDO.
By Chris Jones (MOHC, UK). 23-24 May, 2016. UPMC Jussieu campus, Paris, France
In May, 15 scientists, including representative from 6 CRESCENDO partners met in Paris to discuss and finalise experiment plans for C4MIP: the Coupled Climate-carbon cycle Model Intercomparison Project (www.c4mip.net)
Chris Jones from the Met Office Hadley Centre, co-chair of C4MIP and CRESCENDO RT lead for Evaluation (RT2), organised the workshop which was supported by CRESCENDO travel funding and kindly hosted by CRECENDO partner, IPSL in Paris. The workshop was targeted at European carbon cycle modellers: “We thought about hosting the meeting in Exeter”, Chris explained, “but we wanted to minimise travel time and carbon emissions which made Paris – a much more central and accessible venue – the perfect option.”
By Helena Martins (SMHI), International Conference for Regional Climate, CORDEX, 17th-20th of May 2016, Stockholm, Sweden.
`We are all climate communication heroes!’, with this statement Asher Minns started the Early Career Scientists side-event on science communication during the ICRC-CORDEX conference held in Stockholm, Sweden from 17th-20th of May 2016 (http://www.icrc-cordex2016.org).
The Benefits of EU Collaboration for Higher Education and Research
On Thursday 9 June 2016, CRESCENDO participated in one of the final Universities for Europe events before the EU referendum on 23 June. The event was organised and hosted by Universities UK, in partnership with ResPublica and Scientists for EU.
A community diagnostics and performance metrics tool for the evaluation of Earth system models (ESMs) in CMIP has been developed that allows for routine comparison of single or multiple models, either against predecessor versions or against observations.
The CRESCENDO project, led by Prof Colin Jones from the National Centre for Atmospheric Science at the University of Leeds facilitates a coordinated European contribution to the 6th Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP6) where the climate research community compares a range of International Earth system models using common sets of experimental protocols, to improve our knowledge of the Earth’s climate processes and provide the best possible future projections to governments and decision-makers. CRESCENDO in particular better informs a number of key Model Intercomparison Projects (MIPs) where biogeochemical and aerosol components are of critical importance to delivering realistic future projections. Such components include: the terrestrial and marine carbon cycle, vegetation processes, permafrost, atmospheric chemistry and aerosols.
Learn more in this Horizon Magazine article: http://horizon-magazine.eu/article/world-track-catastrophic-warming-forecasters_en.html
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