The mid-term meeting of the JPI Climate and Belmont Forum 2015 joint call

The mid-term meeting of the JPI Climate and Belmont Forum 2015 joint call "Climate Predictability and Inter-regional Linkages" took place during the WCRP-SPARC* General Assembly (GA) in Kyoto, Japan on 1-5 October 2018. This meeting, that gathered 32 projects partners and guests, was the opportunity to have an overview of ongoing projects, to bring about a meeting between the various actors of the funded projects and to obtain feedback from them regarding the CRA progress and the possible improvement of the process.

 According to the programme of the General Assembly, the mid-term meeting was scheduled on afternoon of 3 October. Several project partners also presented their projects during the WCRP-SPARC GA thanks to oral presentations and posters.
 
This call for proposals has been jointly launched by the Belmont Forum and the Joint Programming Initiative “Connecting Climate Knowledge for Europe” (JPI Climate) in 2015. This Collaborative Research Action (CRA) aims to contribute towards developing climate services with a focus on inter-regional linkages and their role in climate variability and predictability. Drivers and mechanisms linking Poles & Monsoons for societal usefulness of climate services is the focus of the study. Delivering climate services at regional and local level is a major scientific challenge as climate processes are still less understood. Therefore, efforts have to be made to have more dense observations, understand the scientific processes and develop ways of disseminating knowledge through enabling decision makers in delivering climate services to society at large. 

Therefore, the awarded projects address one or more of the following topics:
• Topic 1: Understanding past and current variability and trends of regional extremes
 Topic 2: Predictability and prediction skills for near‐future variability and trends of regional extremes
• Topic 3: Co‐construction of near term forecast products with users

List of projects:
• CLIMAX: Climate Services Through Knowledge Co-Production: A Euro-South American Initiative For Strengthening Societal Adaptation Response to Extreme Events
By Carolina Vera
• HIWAVES3: High Impact Weather Events in EurAsia Selected, Simulated and Storified
By Frank Selten
• INTEGRATE: An integrated data-model study of interactions between tropical monsoons and extra-tropical climate variability and extremes
By Stephanie Talento
• InterDec: The potential of seasonal-to-decadal-scale inter-regional linkages to advance climate predictions
By Daniela Matei
• PACMEDY: PAlaeo-Constraints on Monsoon Evolution and Dynamics
By Roberta D'Agostino
• PREREAL: Improving PREdictability of circumboREAL forest fire activity and its ecological and socio-economic impacts through multi-proxy data comparisons
By Tine Nielsen
• BITMAP: Better understanding of Interregional Teleconnections for prediction in the Monsoon And Poles
By Andy Turner
• GOTHAM: Globally Observed Teleconnections and their role and representation in Hierarchies of Atmospheric Models
By Scott Osprey

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*The SPARC (Stratosphere-troposphere Processes And their Role in Climate) 2018 General Assembly was opportunity for SPARC to take stock of what has been achieved, where gaps in the portfolio of research undertaken by SPARC need to be filled, and to define where SPARC needs to be moving to remain responsive to the needs of both its members and the users of SPARC research products. It was the sixth such gathering of SPARC scientists from around the globe.

JPI Climate Central Secretariat, Wednesday 14 November 2018