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Climate

Definition of the domain

Climate modeling is to replicate more or less simplified the coupled behavior of the atmosphere, oceans and land surfaces at various spatial scales (from region to globe scales) or time (from season to century scales or more) . A useful tool for understanding the complexity of climatic phenomena is to numerically simulate the evolution coupled various components of the Earth system, after translating the physical principles governing the form of mathematical equations. CERFACS brings many strengths to meet this challenge by continuously improving the quality of these couplings, on more and more powerful computers , and analyzing in depth the results of many simulations it performs.

Challenges, issues and context

The intrinsic climate variability, from monthly to decadal scales, overlaps the global warming resulting from human activities. Detection of climate change and their allocation to various causes is a scientific problem that requires combining Earth observation, modeling of coupled and complex physical phenomena and scientific computing.

Cerfacs actively contributes to the IPCC exercises (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) which regularly publishes a detailed report on the present climate and its projection throughout the century. Advances in climate modeling, in particular through the intensification of Earth observation and increasing computer power, reduce uncertainties in climate projections.

OCCIPUT Project : Sea Surface Temperature

OCCIPUT Project : Sea Surface Temperature

Research axes at CERFACS

Research areas conducted in CERFACS through climate modeling are:

  • Climate variability on seasonal to decadal scales
  • Predictability and decadal forecasts
  • Anthropogenic disturbance and impacts

Tools developed or used

Partners

Climate Partners

Climate Partners

 

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CERFACS is participating in the Allons-y à vélo initiative!

Florent DUCHAINE |  16 January 2019

CERFACS is participating in the Allons-y à vélo initiative! (AYAV) The next edition will take place from 21 to 25 January. Let's go by bike means leaving your car in the garage, working on your legs and getting some fresh air! By promoting the use of bicycles as a...

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Cerfacs rewarded by two prices at the Safran Aircraft Engines R&T day – 17 December 2018

Florent DUCHAINE |  19 December 2018

On Dec 17th, Cerfacs participated to the R&T Safran Aircraft Engines day during which Safran AE and their partners presented their research and development work. Cerfacs research was presented on various posters providing a general overview of numerical simulation...

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