Launch of an international call on climate services

ANR, in collaboration with partners from twelve countries, has just launched a transnational call for proposals on the role of inter-regional links in climate variability and predictability. This call comes within the framework of a partnership between the Belmont Forum – which brings together the world’s main funding agencies around the theme of global environmental changes – and the Joint Programming Initiative on climate (JPI Climate). The deadline for pre-proposal submission is set at 1st June 2015.

Promoting collaborative and international research on the role of inter-regional links in climate variability and predictability

This joint call for proposals between the Belmont Forum and the JPI Climate aims to contribute to the overall challenge of developing climate services with a focus on the role of inter-regional linkages in climate variability and predictability.

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A particular focus of interest is the drivers and mechanisms linking Poles & Monsoons for societal usefulness of climate services. Major impediments to having efficient climate services at regional and local level do still exist, because of little or poorly understood climate processes (in part caused by the scarcity of observations), inadequate dissemination of scientific knowledge, conflicts between climatic and non-climatic stressors and lack of action by decision makers and human society at large.

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Projects should address one or more of the following topics:

- Understanding past and current variability and trends of regional extremes
- Predictability and prediction skills for near‐future variability and trends of regional extremes
- Co‐construction of near term forecast products with users

Twelve countries are participating in this call: Austria, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Norway, Qatar, Sweden, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

The project consortia must comprise at least three partners from three different countries participating in the call, with at least one of these partners being from a non-European country. Teams from countries that are not participating in the call may also take part in the projects but must ensure their own funding. The consortia shall preferably rally different scientific disciplines in order to provide an optimised response to the themes mentioned above. Collaborative projects are hoped for, demonstrating the added valued of the international collaboration

Each agency will fund its own country’s teams in accordance with its specific conditions. ANR will thus only fund the French teams. The overall projected budget for the call is 15 million euros.

The submission process will involve two stages, with closure of submission of pre-proposals on 1st June 2015. The detailed proposals must be submitted before mid-November 2015. Project selection shall be an integrated international peer evaluation process involving all the countries. The funded projects will be able to begin in spring 2016.

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Published on 17/04/2015

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