Research Projects

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The main objectives of the research activities at C2SM are to improve the understanding of the Earth’s climate system, and our capability to predict it over timescale spanning from days to centuries. Processes within all the sub-components of the earth system spanning a large spectrum of spatio-temporal scales are investigated. C2SM provides an umbrella for and hosts a number of research projects.

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Swiss Climate Scenarios CH2018

The CH2018 initiative is one of the focus areas of the National Center for Climate Services (NCCS), which was launched on November 16, 2015. It builds upon the excellent scientific network established in the predecessor project CH2011. The new CH2018 scenarios will be based on the latest set of European climate model simulations from the Coordinated Regional Climate Downscaling Experiment (CORDEX). Read more

Cloud-resolving climate modeling

The overarching objective of the crClim project is to develop a continental-scale cloud-resolving climate modeling capability for the next generation of high-performance computing (HPC) architectures.
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High performance computing

C2SM is involved in the Platform for Advanced Scientific Computing. The overall objective is to adapt existing climate and weather models on the next generations high-performance computers.
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Paleo Fires from high-alpine ice cores

Fire plays an important role in the climate system. The project “Paleo fires from high-alpine ice cores” wants to advance the understanding of linkages between climate, land use, fire and vegetation by combining ice-core records with modeling.
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Past Projects

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Greenhouse gas sources and sinks

Large uncertainties remain with respect to the sources and sinks of greenhouse gases, which play a major role in the climate system and climate change. The sources and sinks of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) are investigated through two projects:

  • CarboCount CH - Quantifying Greenhouse Gas Fluxes.
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  • MAIOLICA-II: Global methane variability in a changing climate. Read more

The water cycle in a changing climate

Modeling the water cycle in a changing climate - CHIRP2

C2SM brings together seevral research groups from ETH and MeteoSwiss to improve our understanding of the water cycle in a changing climate through the ETH-funded CHIRP2 project.
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High resolution climate modeling (2013-2014)

Towards 1-kilometer resolution weather and climate simulations (2013-2014)

This project funded by MeteoSwiss aims to develop very high model resolution by represent turbulence and shallow in a consistent framework.
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High performance computing (2010-2013)

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High-Performance and High-Productivity Computing (HP2C)

C2SM is engaged in adapting regional climate and weather models for the next generations high-performance computers within the HP2C initiave. More

Multi-scale interaction within the climate system (2008-2011)

Multi-scale interactions within the climate system – CHIRP1 (2008-2011)

The goal of the ETH-funded CHIRP1 project was to investigate the multi-scale interactions in the climate system.
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