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Goals

Since reanalyses are important for improving and synthesizing historical climate records, and for providing regional detail in a global context necessary for policy development and implementation, CORE-CLIMAX will identify the integration of ECVs into the reanalysis chain by proposing a feedback mechanism ensuring that the results of the re-analysis process get appropriately reflected into updates of the ECVs. Together with inter-comparing different reanalyses, CORE-CLIMAX will contribute to establish a European truly coupled gridded re-analysis which incorporates full exchanges and interactions between atmosphere, ocean and land, including the hydrological cycle.

 

The specific objectives of the CORE-CLIMAX project are as follows: 

  1. Coordinate with COPERNICUS on-going activities and contribute to the formulation of the COPERNICUS climate service theme
  2. Propose a structured process for delivering ECVs through the stepped and quality controlled elaboration of Climate Data Records (CDR), the latter being derived from prioritisation of the most appropriate input data sets
  3. Propose a validation process aiming at qualifying the accuracy of the climate variables (see figure below)
  4. Propose a feedback mechanism ensuring that the results of the re-analysis process get appropriately reflected into updates of the CDR
  5. Propose a process to compare reanalyses

The essential pre-requisite for the ECV satellite product generation is the availability of “Fundamental Climate Data Records (FCDR)”, which is internationally addressed by the collaborative efforts of the Global Space-based Inter-calibration System (GSICS), and the Sustained and Coordinated Processing of Environmental Satellite Data for Climate Monitoring (SCOPE-CM). CORE-CLIMAX will make European contributions to these efforts, with the five objectives embedded in these international efforts.