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Climate modeling and Global change (GLOBC)

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.

Team members

Team people

Team intranet

Project leader: Olivier Thual

Administrative assistant: Nathalie Brousset

UMR 5318 Director:  Laurent Terray

UMR 5318 Administrator:  Isabelle Moity

Projects & Results & Important meetings

Projects   Pictures of GLOBC   Videos of GLOBC   Internal Conferences    Booklet MISSTERRE : Modeling to predic and understand the climate

Meeting with the Scientists of Giec6 at Toulouse, France, 29/08/2019 : The presentations : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuHV-5ZKhJs    –   The debate : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdrM1LqofD4


Continuity of activity of the Cerfacs during the Covid-19 pandemic

superadmin |  20 March 2020

On Monday 16 March 2020, in the context of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 epidemic, Cerfacs decided to reorganize its activities by implementing a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) and deploying teleworking facilities for all its employees. All staff members thus continue to carry out their full mission.Read more

A fiery wakeup call for climate science

superadmin |  26 February 2020

The extent of the recent wildfires in Australia significantly exceeded the projections of any member of the multi-model CMIP archive.  This highlights how current multi-model ensembles may be under-representing the risks of natural disasters under climate change.  Limited coupled system process representation in most models coupled with a lack of parameter uncertainty exploration means that some risks are not explored by the existing international multi-model framework.  This calls for a reassessment of how to focus climate model development on providing robust risk quantification for those impacts which most directly affect society. Sanderson, B.M., Fisher, R.A. A fiery wake-up call for climate science. Nat. Clim. Chang. (2020) nature.com Media coverage BBC Sydney Morning Herald The Guardian Wired The Daily Express YahooRead more