Simulating the climate system dynamics
CERFACS conducts fundamental and applied research in the field of climate modeling and its global change. The “Climate modelling and global change” team (GLOBC) participates in the development of coupled models between the oceans, the atmosphere and the other components of the climate system. Numerical simulation of the evolution of these systems requires the use of high performance computers in order to correctly represent sufficiently fine spatial and temporal scales to reproduce the dynamics of the observed climate. Many simulations are carried out through various research projects and the analysis of the results leads to numerous publications in international journals. The DECLIPP challenge details a research strategy focuses on climate variability on decadal time scales.
To develop high level softwares
The team strategy is based on a dual approach combining theoretical modeling studies and on the development of high-level softwares, such as, for instance, the OASIS and OpenPALM couplers, needed to address the various linkages involved in climate science or in multi-physical / multi-component industrial applications.
To contribute to transverse axes
In continuation of this theme, hydrology and hydraulics are leading areas of research, largely oriented towards the calculation of uncertainties and data assimilation. These activities contribute, in collaboration with other teams at Cerfacs, to the MODEST challenge. All this research takes place through the coordination and participation in national and international research programs.
For many years, the team is associated with the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) through the UMR CECI 5318 research unit.
Project leader: Olivier Thual
Administrative assistant: Nathalie Brousset
UMR 5318 Director: Laurent Terray
UMR 5318 Administrator: Isabelle Moity