Within Task 3.3 “Weather Forecast, Seasonal Predictions & Climate Projections”, UC (in coordination with its linked third party, CSIC) coordinates activity 3.3b on “Seasonal forecast”.
UC also contributes significantly to several tasks and activities across different WPs.
Universidad de Cantabria is a modern public institution, whose main purpose is to contribute to social progress through teaching and scientific excellence. It consists of around 1,600 researchers and 13,500 students (out of which 653 are PhD students), 3 research centres (joint initiatives with the Spanish Research Council CSIC), 4 associated research institutes, and 157 R&D groups from 32 departments. Moreover, UC is one of the 9 Spanish universities selected in the “Campus of International Excellence” Programme, promoted in 2009 by the Spanish Government.
UC is equipped with a modern infrastructure for data and IT management, logistics and general services. UC participated in 49 FP7 projects and is currently managing around 3 Million € in new H2020 projects every year. In addition, UC actively participates and coordinates 22 projects in other European funding schemes, such as LIFE+ (3), INTERREG (5), INFRAVATION (2) and RFCS (3). Regarding the present proposal, UC has leading research groups at European and International level in environmental sciences, including climate science (the UC Meteorology Group). Most of these groups are involved in sustainable development policies in collaboration with administrations of different regions in Spain.
UC Meteorology Group
The UC Meteorology Group is formed by 15 researchers and conducts research on various topics related to regional climate modelling (including dynamical and statistical downscaling methods) and information technologies applied to data and metadata processing (including web portals and services for data access and post-processing). In particular, the group specializes in data/metadata management, statistical and dynamical (WRF) downscaling and applications in different impact sectors (tourism, forest fires, health, critical infrastructures, energy). UC-MG is currently involved in several EU-funded projects, such as IS-ENES2, EUPORIAS, SPECS and INTACT and is actively involved in international initiatives, such as CORDEX, VALUE and IS-ENES. It is also involved in the COPERNICUS C3S tender QA4Seas for seasonal forecast evaluation, responsible for the task related to bias corrected and downscaled products. The group has also an agreement with FAO-ONU to provide tools, consulting and capacity development services for different food security initiatives developed worldwide. In the framework of these activities, the group has developed public user tools for accessing climate information.
Some of the UC-MG researchers are employees of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) at Instituto de Física de Cantabria (IFCA, mixed research institute from University of Cantabria and CSIC). Therefore, CSIC acts as a third party in this Project though Instituto de Física de Cantabria (IFCA).
Sixto Herrera (leader)
Jose Manuel Gutierrez (participant, third party of the UC)