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Climate Local Information in the Mediterranean region: Responding to User Needs

logo_CLIMRUN.png Project type: European project
Funding institution: European Union
Program: 7th European FP
Period: March 2011 - February 2014
Status: Finished
Web: http://www.climrun.eu

Call Selected: FP7-ENV-2010 (ENV.2010.1.1.4-1)
Proposal ID: 265192
Coordinator: Paolo M. Ruti

CLIM-RUN aims at developing a protocol for applying new methodologies and improved modeling and downscaling tools for the provision of adequate climate information at regional to local scale that is relevant to and usable by different sectors of society (policymakers, industry, cities, etc.). Differently from current approaches, CLIM-RUN will develop a bottom-up protocol directly involving stakeholders early in the process with the aim of identifying well defined needs at the regional to local scale. The improved modeling and downscaling tools will then be used to optimally respond to these specific needs. The protocol is assessed by application to relevant case studies involving interdependent sectors, primarily tourism and energy, and natural hazards (wild fires) for representative target areas (mountainous regions, coastal areas, islands).

The following figure shows the selected case studies for the local applications involving different sectors.


The region of interest for the project is the Greater Mediterranean area, which is particularly important for two reasons. First, the Mediterranean is a recognized climate change hot-spot, i.e. a region particularly sensitive and vulnerable to global warming. Second, while a number of countries in Central and Northern Europe have already in place well developed climate service networks (e.g. the United Kingdom and Germany), no such network is available in the Mediterranean. CLIM-RUN is thus also intended to provide the seed for the formation of a Mediterranean basin-side climate service network which would eventually converge into a pan-European network.

The general time horizon of interest for the project is the future period 2010-2050, a time horizon that encompasses the contributions of both inter-decadal variability and greenhouse-forced climate change. In particular, this time horizon places CLIM-RUN within the context of a new emerging area of research, that of decadal prediction, which will provide a strong potential for novel research.

Contribution of the Santander Meteorology Group:

Our group contributes to WP3 Observational support and downscaling methods and WP6 Wild fires case studies.

  • WP3 will gather observational, model and sector-relevant data to support the case studies analysis and to improve and implement statistical downscaling methods. Our main contribution in this task is to provide a user-friendly downscaling portal adapted to the sectors needs thus connecting data producers/owners with end-users. We also downscale non-standard predictands, as they are defined by the needs of stakeholders and the case studies, and percentiles and extreme events indicators for the estimation of heat waves and drought risk in the Mediterranean that are relative for all case studies and sectors.
  • WP6 is focused on the analysis of the climate information required in areas where forest fires represent a major hazard. The main objective is to evaluate future risk in the Mediterranean and in specific target regions for the coming 10 to 50 years. Our task will be focused on the customization of suitable climate downscaling tools for application of fire risk calculations in collaboration with the National Observatory of Athens (NOA).


  • (WP3) D3.2: Adaptation of the ENSEMBLES downscaling portal to CLIM-RUN requirements (M12) [UC].
  • (WP6) D6.3: Report on the protocol definition: a set of critical climatic variables will be defined and the relevant time and spatial scales, key criteria for downscaling, analysis and simulations to WP2 y 3 (M12) [NOA, UC].
  • (WP3) D3.3: Statistical downscaling methodologies focused on the case studies needs (M18) [UC, ICTP, ENEA, UEA, NOA, EEWRC].
  • (WP3) D3.5: Downscaling of non-standard parameters (M24) [UC, ICTP, ENEA; UEA, NOA, EEWRC].
  • (WP3) D3.7: Downscaling of percentiles and extreme events indicators. Heat waves and drought risk (M30) [EEWRC, UC].
  • (WP3) D6.4: Report assessing the vulnerability of the Mediterranean and specific target location to fire risk occurrence within the context of climate change (M30) [NOA, UC].

People involved in the project (attendants to the KoM, 10-11 March 2011, Trieste (Italy) ):


2nd CLIM-RUN governing board assembly 20-22 March 2012, Barcelona (Spain)
3rd CLIM-RUN governing board assembly 8-10 July 2013, Roma (Italy)