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.
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
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.