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EuroClim: a system for enhanced modelling of climate change in Europe by the use of satellite monitoring of the cryosphere

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1 Author(s)
Solberg, R. ; Norwegian Comput. Center, Oslo, Norway

One of the potentially greatest threats to human beings is climate change. Climate scenario modelling indicates that our environmental conditions will change with increasing speed in the coming years with one of the most significant changes being a warming of the global climate. Europe is maybe the most sensitive region of the world and it is not known whether we will experience regional cooling or warming in a future warmer world in general. The EuroClim system, currently being developed a European consortium, will be an advanced tool for climate monitoring and scenario modeling for the support of a sustainable development and protection of the environment in Europe. The European cryosphere will be the main indicator system. Snow and ice variables are extracted from satellite data and processed by advanced algorithms. The cryospheric information is applied in a regional climate model producing enhanced climate scenarios. Statistical tools extract the information needed by the users, like extreme weather, changes in the length of the growing season, etc.

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Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, 2002. IGARSS '02. 2002 IEEE International  (Volume:2 )

Date of Conference:

24-28 June 2002