CRESCENDO – Coordinated Research in Earth Systems and Climate : Experiments, Knowledge, Dissemination and Outreach
- Time horizon:2015 - 2021
- Institution(s):University of Leeds (Coordinator), Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Universitaet Hamburg, University of East Anglia, University of Reading, Met Office, University of Exeter, Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC), International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Finnish Metereological Institute, LMU Munich, Lund University, Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA), DRL, Consiglio Nazionale delle ricerche, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, Centre National de Recherches Météorologiques, SMHI, National Centre for Atmospheric Science, Universitas Bergensis, Institut de recherche en sciences de l'environnement, Max - Planck Insitute fuer Metereologie, National Oceanography Centre, ECN-TNO Netherlands, The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI).
The CRESCENDO project, led by Prof Colin Jones from the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) and the University of Leeds facilitates a coordinated European contribution to the 6th Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP6) where the climate research community compares a range of International Earth System Models using common sets of experimental protocols, to improve our knowledge of the Earth’s climate processes and provide the best possible future projections to governments and decision-makers. CRESCENDO in particular better informs a number of key Model Intercomparison Projects (MIPs) where biogeochemical and aerosol components are of critical importance to delivering realistic future projections. Such components include: the terrestrial and marine carbon cycle, vegetation processes, permafrost, atmospheric chemistry and aerosols.
The aims of the project are:
- improving the representation of key processes in European Earth System Models (ESMs);
- evaluating thoroughly the scientific performance of these models;
- using the models to generate a new set of Earth system projections for the coming century and coordinate a European contribution to CMIP6 ensuring new socio-economics scenarios;
- ensuring knowledge developed in the project is communicated to key stakeholder communities in an engaging and understandable form.