URCLIM team is composed of 7 european partners, and is rich of its diversity as it is composed of National meteorological services, a mapping agency and a laboratory of geomaticians. The project is coordinated by Météo-France
Météo-France is the French Meteorological Office. Its research center, the CNRM, is composed of approximately 250 persons, working on climate change, weather forecasting, instrumentation, mesoscale meteorology and atmospheric processes. The urban climate team of CNRM is recognized worldwide, and organized in Toulouse on July 2015 the 9th International Conference on Urban Climate, where more than 550 scientists from 60 countries participated. Within the URCLIM project, researchers experts in high resolution modeling, surface processes modeling, and urban climate and adaptation of cities are strongly involved, especially on vegetation impacts, urban modeling and link with urban maps, project management.
CNRS is the French National Research Center, covering all possible scientific disciplines. In URCLIM, two laboratories from CNRS are involved. First, the CNRM, whose CNRS researchers are experts in urban climate and vegetation (and vegetation CO2) processes. They will contribute to uncertainties evaluations. Second, the Lab-sticc is a research unit studying sciences and technologies for communication in the broas sense: working in electronics, computer sciences, acoustics physics, ans applications, counting 500 researchers and lecturer-researchers. The team involved in the project , member of the Open Source Geospatial consortium, is focused on three main axes: (i) from data to information, (ii) from information to decision; (iii) geographical applications. The laboratory Lab-STICC from CNRS will lead WP2 on urban mapping for urban climate.
IGN (National Institute of Geographic and Forest Information) is the national mapping agency of France. Its activities relate to organizing the production of geographical data with a documented quality, based on internal ressources and state of the art sensors but also on partners data, enhancing the usability of the data and their distribution following European and international standard, as well as to research and education in geographical information sciences and technnology. IGN is deeply involved in the development of a European infrastructure of authoritative topographic data through its participation in Eurogeographic and the implementation of INSPIRE. It is also investigating the benefits brought by crowd sourced data and collaborative data, notably through its participation to the Landsens H2020 project.
RMI (The Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium) is one of the federal scientific institutes of Belgium. It has the leading role in providing weather and climate services, but it is also the main Belgian focal point for scientific research in meterology and climatology. About 200 persons in total work at RMI, at the site in Uccle and in Dourbes. This project takes place in the department of the Meteorological and Climatological Research of the Royal Meteorological Institute. The research in this department is mostly focused on numerical modelling (upper-air, the surface interactions, hydrological processes, and model output statistics and data assimilation), fundamental research and impact studies (climate and extreme weather). The RMI has a long-standing expertise in delivering services to end users for weather and climate; both in operational weather forecasting and for ad-hoc specific demands.
Meteo-Ro (National Meteorological Administration of Romania) is a legal entity of national, public interest whose main aim is to ensure the meteorological protection of life and property. The operational and research activity include: coordinating the activity of the national meteorological observations network, weather forecast and extreme meteorological /hydrological events monitoring and warning, numerical weather prediction, climate monitoring, climate variability and climate change, physics of the atmosphere and air pollution, remote sensing and GIS. Based on this, the National Meteorological Administration provides a wide range of meteorological services for agriculture, transport, national defense and security. The project work is done within the numerical modeling and climatology groups.
KNMI (The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute) is an agency of the Dutch Minsitry of Infrastructure and the Environment, providing meteorological, seismological and other geophysical services to the general public and government institutions in support or safety, the economy and a sustainable future. KNMI is the Dutch authority on climate change and climate scenarios. KNMI has a long track record in the participation and in the coordination of international research programs. Relevant to the present proposal, among others , are program management of the HIRLAM, OMI/TROPOMI and H2020/IMPREX projects. KNMI supports climate information services through the ECA&D, FP7/ECLISE, CLIPC, Climate4Impact and Copernicus/CAMS programs. The work for URCLIM is carried out by the department of Weather and Climate Modeling. This department is a strong contributor to the continuing development of the EC-EARTH, RACMO and Harmonie climate models.
FMI is designated by the Finnish government as national air quality expert with a mandate to produce information and forecasts on the state of the atmosphere and its characteristics, as well as contributing to scientific ends. FMI is involved at leading positions in numerous international research and application efforts within FP7, Copernicus, ESA, EUMETSAT, NMR, Academy of Finland, TEKES. Within the FMI Climate Service Centre, the group Climate & Society deals with climate change impact analysis, hazard economics, and cost-benefit analysis of weather and climate services. Physical modelling of the atmosphere and climate system, including describing and modelling the built-up environment, and chemistry-transport modelling are dealt with in the groups for Numerical Weather Prediction and Atmospheric Dispersion Modelling. Within the unit for Earth Observation the group of Radar and Space Technology is developing techniques for quantitative precipitation estimates based on the newest radar-technology. FMI leads WP5 on scenario and policy evaluation.