EMS Webinar: The operationalisation of climate projections

The speaker at the fifth edition of the EMS Webinar Series is  Francisco J. Doblas-Reyes, research professor of the Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats (ICREA).

Francisco J. Doblas-Reyes will speak about

“The operationalisation of climate projections”

Wednesday, 12 June 2024, 4pm (CEST)

Participation: The Webinar will be held as a @Zoom webinar: Join here.



Screenshot from BSC website (Courtesy of BSC)
Screenshot from BSC website (Courtesy of BSC)

Climate projections are one of the few sources of climate information that do not have an operational status at the WMO level. This might look surprising given the key role that both global and regional climate projections play in many domains, from climate risk assessments to climate adaptation plans and mitigation policies. This presentation will discuss the requirements for the operationalisation of the climate projections and the initial steps in this direction, including the role of the fast developments based on machine learning techniques. It will focus on how this effort can benefit the co-production of robust regional climate information, which is the weakest link for their current use in climate adaptation. The presentation will also discuss what it would take to complete this operationalisation challenge and how it could enter the WMO sphere.

About the speaker

Francisco J. Doblas-Reyes is research professor of the Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats (ICREA). He develops his research activity as director of the Earth Sciences Department of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center since November 2014. Prof Doblas-Reyes has a long research experience in the understanding, simulation and prediction of climate variability and change and started working on climate services research ten years ago. He has participated and coordinated several international research projects and initiatives related to his research interests. He is currently the coordinator of two collaborative European projects and leads several national projects and research contracts. He is the author of more than 200 peer-review journal articles and has a long record of obtaining competitive computing and financial resources to support this research. He is member of several international panels. He is the direct supervisor of four senior scientists, six postdocs, two PhD students, five senior engineers and two junior engineers, and regularly works with a large variety of department members. He was coordinating lead author of the most recent Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a lead author in the Fifth Assessment Report, an author of the first European Climate Risk Assessment Report, and has been heavily involved in the design of both technical and scientific aspects of the Sixth Coupled Model Intercomparison Project.

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