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Improving near-term climate predictions for societal transformation


Project timeline
November 2022
48 months
October 2026
General Information
IMPETUS4CHANGE (I4C) will make significant scientific advances that will enhance our collective ability to act on and adapt to near-term climate change. The overarching objective of I4C is to improve the quality, accessibility and usability of near-term climate information and services at local to regional scales – where impacts are most keenly felt and on-the-ground adaptation is implemented – to strengthen and support end-user adaptation planning and action.

Several specific objectives work towards this overarching goal:
1) Improve understanding and flow of climate information through knowledge networks;
2) Address persistent shortcomings to deliver seasonal to decadal predictions of improved quality;
3) Develop novel methods to downscale predictions to local scales;
4) Improve assessments of hazards and translate this into usable information for local risk assessments;
5) Make advances towards the goal of end-to-end seamless climate services;
6) Through transdisciplinary co-production approaches develop fit-for-purpose "Adaptation support packs" at municipal scales through our so-called urban Demonstrators;
7) Ensure high impact and visibility through robust and targeted communication and engagement;
8) Commit to Open Science through development of open access tools and exploitation of data/model outputs via relevant platforms thereby ensuring improved accessibility and usability of climate knowledge.

The I4C approach is to address and improve the full value chain of near-term predictions from global climate to local impacts. Many of our fundamental science activities in modeling, downscaling, and tailoring near-term climate are novel and experimental. Additionally, the inclusion of an expert team of social scientists will allow a more rigorous co-production process as the project transforms data to information, information to knowledge and knowledge to action.

Hereon will predominantly contribute to understanding the flow of climate information (objective 1), regional climate model downscaling for urban areas (objective 3), and co-developing climate services for urban demonstrators throughout Europe (objective 6). Herewith Hereon directly contributes to cutting-edge science, as well as advances its expertise on co-developing regional-to-local climate information for urban applications.
EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaHORIZON-CL5-2022-D1-02-04
Project TypeResearch & Innovation Action (RIA)
Contract NumberGrant Agreement 101081555
Funding for the Project (€) Funding for Hereon (€)
Contact Person at Hereon Dr. Gaby Langendijk (KGK) , Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), Phone: +49 (0)40 226338-434; Dr. Claas Teichmann (KGR), Phone: +49 (0)40 226338-441
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Academia Sinica (TW), ARCTIK SPRL (BE), Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputacion (ES), CNRS (FR), Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (ES), Danish Meteorological Institute (DK), ICLEI European Secretariat Gmbh (ICLEI Europasekretariat) (DE), Leuphana Universität Lüneburg (DE), Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e.V., München (DE), Météo France, Centre de Recherches Météorologiques (FR), Nanjing University (CN), NORCE Norwegian Research Centre AS (NO), Norsk Regnesentral (NO), Societe Civile CERFACS (FR), Stiftelsen Nansen Senter for Fjernmaaling (NO), Trescientosmilkilometrosporsegundo S.L. (ES), UNESCO (FR), University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (US), University of Bergen (NO), University of Leeds (UK), University of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK), Univerzita Karlova (CZ)
Last Update: 08. January 2024