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Topography modifies summer precipitation response to climate change

Past studies of European climate change have projected a large-scale drying for the summer season. A recent ensemble of high-resolution regional climate models confirms these results for Europe, but also projects increases in mean Alpine precipitation. In addition, the tendency towards heavier thunderstorms is confirmed. Read more 


Can cirrus cloud seeding help cool the planet?

In their recent paper, Blaž Gasparini and C2SM member Ulrike Lohmann address the potential of cirrus cloud seeding to offset the net warming effect of cirrus clouds on the global energy balance.  Read more 


A new mesoscale pathway for energy transfer to the ocean

As part of the CHIRP2 project, "Modeling the water cycle in a changing climate", David Byrne, C2SM Chair Nicolas Gruber, and colleagues from the UP group show that oceanic eddies can provide an important pathway for the transfer of energy into the ocean.  Read more 


Reducing sources of uncertainty in climate projections at local scales

A recent study in Earth's Future by C2SM community members Simone Fatichi and Paolo Burlando, quantifies sources of uncertainty in future climate projections at local scales.  They find both irreducible and reducible uncertainties, with important implication for future decision-making.     Read more 


A stronger decline in future land carbon uptake

As part of the C2SM project CarboCount CH,  Stefanos Mystakidis and colleagues find a stronger decline in future land carbon uptake than previously thought. Their findings are published this week in Global Change Biology. Read more 


2016 Special Seminar Series about Greenhouse Gas Fluxes and Sinks.
The MAIOLICA II project and C2SM jointly organise a special seminar series about Greenhouse Gas Fluxes and Sinks (PDF, 1.1 MB).  

Upcoming seminar:  15 September 2016, 10:15, room CHN P12:  Jean‐François Lamarque: Methane and short‐lived climate forcers: forcing and feedbacks

Klimarunde 2016: Tuesday, 8 November 2016, 15:00-19:30, ETH Zürich, Hauptgebäude "Der globalisierte Klimawandel: Wie betrifft er uns?"

Upcoming course: MPI/OpenMP, August 22-25 2016: ETH Scientific IT Services (SIS) "Introductory course in parallel programming with MPI/OpenMP", given by Dr. Rolf Rabenseifner, HLRS. 

More events and seminars can be found here.


Research projects under the umbrella of C2SM investigate the climate system and its components at various spatio-temporal scales.


C2SM provides support in several aspects, including climate modeling, scientific visualization, climate data, and activities related to outreach and education.


C2SM contributes to the organisation of summer schools and master programs, and provides technical training in areas related to climate modeling and data.

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