Climate change and impacts
Within this research theme we examine (polar) climate change and its associated impacts by using state-of-the-art global climate models and earth system models as well as relevant observations. The focus is on understanding the processes and feedbacks that govern climate change that are related to mean changes as well as to climate variability and extremes. Within this theme there is close collaboration with KNMI and other institutes (e.g. Arctic Center, UU/IMAU, WUR). The climate model EC-Earth (depeloped at KNMI) is used to devise dedicated simulations to pinpoint climate change processes and impacts. Moreover, we use climate model ensembles from the CMIP5/CMIP6 initiatives as well as other relevant climate model data. Impacts of climate change addressed within this theme include atmospheric composition and pollution (e.g. mercury), the European energy system, marine biochemistry and productivity (relevant for the global carbon cycle), Arctic birds, and global and regional sea level.
- Polar mercury pollution in the framework of global and regional emission sources (Arctic Centre)
- Changes in climate variability/extremes and their impact on European energy system security (ESRIG)
- Attributing polar sea ice changes and accumulation changes on the ice sheets (NPP-2020)
- Climate-vegetation modelling and Arctic migratory bird behaviour (NPP-2020)
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