In February, two researchers from the URV's Centre for Climate Change (C3) attended the 3rd General Assembly of the UERRA project in Toulouse.
UERRA (Uncertainties of Ensembles in Regional Reanalysis) is a Seventh Framework Program building new tools and models for understanding European weather and climate.
The C3 is leading Work Package 1 of the UERRA project to recover historical weather observations that will improve the accuracy of atmospheric climate models (or reanalyses). The research and digitisation team – based at the URV’s Tortosa and Vila-seca campuses – have recovered over 8 million weather observations from 15 different countries, including Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria, Cyprus, Germany and Slovenia.
Dr Manola Brunet, Director of C3, and Senior Researcher Dr Linden Ashcroft, presented the URV’s contribution to the assembly in Toulouse, attended by 40 participants from across Europe. The aim of the assembly was to update the partnering organisations on the progress made over the past year, and talk to users of weather and climate data to determine what products they would like to see in the future.
There were many valuable discussions between the scientists who are developing the next generation of climate tools and the end users who will be using these tools to improve services such as road safety, insurance accuracy, renewable energy efficiency and agricultural productivity. The next UERRA General Assembly will be held in the United Kingdom in November.
More information on the assembly is available at: http://www.uerra.eu/110-ga-3.html.