EGU21-15251
https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu21-15251
EGU General Assembly 2021
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From climate models to informing policy decisions: the end-to-end importance of an effective research infrastructure

Fanny Adloff1, Bryan Lawrence1, Sylvie Joussaume2, Michael Lautenschlager3, Janette Bessembinder4, Joachim Biercamp3, Antonio Cofiño5, Alessandro D’Anca6, Uwe Fladrich7, Adrian Hines8, Martin Juckes9, Rémi Kazeroni10, Philip Kershaw11, Stephan Kindermann3, Paola Nassisi6, Christian Pagé12, Kim Serradell13, and Sophie Valcke12
Fanny Adloff et al.
  • 1National Centre for Atmospheric Science, University of Reading, Department of Meteorology, Reading, United Kingdom (fanny.adloff@ncas.ac.uk)
  • 2 CNRS, Institut Pierre Simon Laplace, Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement, Saclay, France
  • 3Deutsches Klimarechenzentrum GmbH, Hamburg, Germany
  • 4KNMI, Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute, De Bilt, The Netherlands
  • 5 Universidad de Cantabria, Santander, Spain
  • 6Fondazione Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici (CMCC), Lecce, Italy
  • 7Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI), Norrköping, Sweden
  • 8Met Office, Exeter, United Kingdom
  • 9NCAS / Centre for Environmental Data Analysis, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UKRI, Didcot, United Kingdom
  • 10Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), Institut für Physik der Atmosphäre, Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
  • 11NCEO / Centre for Environmental Data Analysis, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UKRI, Didcot, United Kingdom
  • 12CECI UMR 5318, Université de Toulouse, CNRS, Cerfacs, Toulouse, France
  • 13Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Barcelona, Spain

The last few decades have seen a range of advances in climate science and consequential policy initiatives at both national and international levels. These advances have been built on the back of progress in modelling and in part been enabled by the global data sharing initiative - the Earth System Grid Federation (ESGF) - which has underpinned recent phases of the World Climate Research Programme's Coupled Model Intercomparison Projects.  

The ESGF itself consists of data nodes deployed by individual modelling centres and a backbone of software development and services delivered by a few core institutions. Within Europe, along with some shared development of model components, these core ESGF software development and services are coordinated by the European Network on Earth System Modelling (ENES) and supported by the H2020 IS-ENES Phase 3 research infrastructure project.  

We provide an historical overview on advances in policy-relevant science, such as the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC), that have been enabled by long-term underpinning development and funding of the ENES and ESGF infrastructure. We illustrate the recent shift of research funding from physical science objectives alone towards funding services to society (and the necessary underpinning research). We stress the potential dangers of underfunding research infrastructures that need to be simultaneously flexible and reliable enough to serve both ongoing basic research and the growing societal objectives, as emphasised by the development of climate services such as Copernicus Climate Change Service. We conclude by presenting some steps towards sustaining such research infrastructure in the context of the ENES and the possible futures of climate science.

How to cite: Adloff, F., Lawrence, B., Joussaume, S., Lautenschlager, M., Bessembinder, J., Biercamp, J., Cofiño, A., D’Anca, A., Fladrich, U., Hines, A., Juckes, M., Kazeroni, R., Kershaw, P., Kindermann, S., Nassisi, P., Pagé, C., Serradell, K., and Valcke, S.: From climate models to informing policy decisions: the end-to-end importance of an effective research infrastructure, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-15251, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu21-15251, 2021.

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