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Mega-heatwaves in France during the second half of the 21st century and the 50°C threshold

Margot Bador (post-doctoral research fellow at the Climate Change Research Center, Sydney, and CERFACS PhD), Laurent Terray (CERFACS researcher) and Julien Boé (CNRS researcher at CERFACS) with collaborators from Météo-France have published a study of France summer mega-heatwaves and associated temperature extremes that could occur at the end of the 21st century under the business as usual greenhouse gas emission scenario. The study  is based on regional climate simulations at very high spatial resolution (12km) performed with the ALADIN model developed at Météo-France. The authors have studied a simulated heatwave that occur in the 2070s when the mean France climate has already warmed by several degrees.  They find that  the simulated 2070 heatwave is as severe (in terms of amplitude and spatial extent) as the observed 2003 heatwave when compared to their respective mean climate.  They further show that late spring dry land conditions may lead to a significant amplification of summer temperature extremes and heatwave intensity through limitations in evapotranspiration. By 2100, the simulations suggest that the increase in summer temperature maximum records could reach 6 °C to 13 °C in the five considered France climatic regions, and therefore, exceed the 50°C threshold.

Link of the article on the site of the newspaper Environnemental Research Letters


Medal of the Academy of Air and Space: 3 CERFACS researchers awarded !

Brigitte Yzel |  11 July 2022

The Air and Space Academy awarded Carlos Pérez Arroyo, Gabriel Staffelbach and Jérôme Dombard with the Vermeil medal 2022, to honor the excellence of their work in the realization of the FULLEST project, the first high-fidelity simulation of an aircraft engine. Thanks to PRACE for awarding the access to the Joliot-Curie supercomputer (GENCI hosted at CEA/TGCC) and to DGAC for the funding of the ATOM project (No 2018-39) led by SAFRAN Tech. FULLEST also benefited from developments done in European projects:  EXCELLERAT (H2020 823691) and EPEEC (H2020 801051).  Read more


CERFACS |  4 July 2022

CERFACS will participate to the Paris meeting dedicated to the memory of Roland Glowinski from July 5th to 7th. Thierry Poinsot will present the advances of HPC in the field of energy and combustion. Roland Glowinski was CERFACS direcfor for 3 years in the 90s and largely shaped present activities of our research center.Read more