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DECLIPP Challenge

Variability and climate change at decadal scales

Improving the understanding of decadal variability and climate change is of utmost importance for decision makers in various areas such as the management of water and energy, or public health. The  goal is to determine if climate change and the events that we observe are the result of natural variability or are irreversible result of anthropogenic climate change. This question underlies the determination of the uncertainties of climate change in the near future and research on decadal climate variability and its prediction.

OCCIPUT Project : Upper Ocean Temperature

OCCIPUT Project : Upper Ocean Temperature

The DECLIPP challenge aims to develop new methods to address the problem of decadal prediction based on the development and use of a coupled ocean-atmosphere model. This approach requires high spatial resolution models and the analysis of ocean observations to initialize the component ocean model. Another long-term goal of DECLIPP is to improve the understanding of the internal variability of the climate and its interaction with the climate system response to external forcings, whether natural or anthropogenic.

This challenge is based on several research areas such as the study of models biases in order to remove them, ensemble generation technics or  the development of downscaling techniques. It includes research on the impact of future decadal changes such as hydrological projections on France or the evolution of temperature extreme events.

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Catherine Lambert awarded Officer in the national order of Merit

Brigitte Yzel |  31 May 2022

Catherine LAMBERT, President of Cerfacs, has been promoted to the grade of officer in the national order of Merit, on the proposal of Mrs. Frédérique Vidal, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation. Antoine PETIT, President and CEO of the CNRS, presented the insignia to Catherine LAMBERT during a ceremony that brought together many actors from the space, aeronautics, environment and digital sectors. Antoine PETIT: "Catherine's interpersonal skills, her ability to step back and understand very different environments (research, industry, politics) in order to develop a collective vision are the hallmarks of her career. Catherine is one of those people with whom you naturally feel confident, with whom you want to build something that goes beyond all of us to go further. With this honor, the Cerfacs teams are also rewarded.Read more

Sparse Days in Saint-Girons IV

Brigitte Yzel |  29 March 2022

Sparse Days Meeting 2022 🗓️  20-22 June 2022  @ Saint-Girons, France   🌐   Sparse Days 2022 will be held in Saint-Girons, Ariège, from 20-22 June. This enhanced version of Sparse Days is being co-organized by Cerfacs and ENSEEIHT/IRIT. It will be the fourth meeting in Saint- Girons following the tradition of the previous meetings held in 1994, 2003, and 2015. The tradition involves coupling our highly successful annual technical meeting with the ambience and hospitality of this wonderful Pyrenean town which encourages fruitful informal exchanges between participants.    Read more