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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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NextSim General Assembly and TC meeting

CERFACS |  16 September 2021

The General Assembly and TC Meeting took place on 15-16 September 2021. CERFACS is involved in the NextSim project (). The primary objective is to increase the capabilities of Computational Fluid Dynamics tools on extreme-scale parallel computing platforms for aeronautical design. This project has received funding from the European High-Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (JU) under grant agreement N° 956104. The JU receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and Spain, France, Germany. This project has received funding from the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) under grant agreement N° ANR-20-EHPC-0002-02. For more information, please visit Read more

Sophie Valcke from Cerfacs co-authored a new book on atmosphere-ocean modelling

CERFACS |  18 August 2021

new book "Atmosphere-Ocean Modelling - Couling and Couplers” by Prof. Carlos R Mechoso, Prof. Soon-Il An and Dr Sophie Valcke has just been published by World Scientific. The present book fills a void in the current literature by presenting a basic and yet rigorous treatment of how the models of the atmosphere and the ocean are put together into a coupled system. Details are available at  Abstract: Coupled atmosphere-ocean models are at the core of numerical climate models. There is an extraordinarily broad class of coupled atmosphere-ocean models ranging from sets of equations that can be solved analytically to highly detailed representations of Nature requiring the most advanced computers for execution. The models are applied to subjects including the conceptual understanding of Earth’s climate, predictions that support human activities in a variable climate, and projections aimed to prepare society for climate change. The present book fills a void in the current literature by presenting a basic and yet rigorous treatment of how the models of the atmosphere and the ocean are put together into a coupled system. The text of the book is divided into chapters organized according to complexity of the components that are coupled. Two full chapters are dedicated to current efforts on the development of generalist couplers and coupling methodologies all over the worldRead more