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A Europe-South America network for climate change assessment and impact studies

Boulanger, Jean-Philippe, Brasseur, G., Carril, Andrea Fabiana, de Castro, Manuel, Degallier, Nicolas, Ereño, Carlos, Le Treut, H., Marengo, Jose Antonio, Menendez, Claudio Guillermo, Nuñez, Mario Nestor, Penalba, Olga C., Rolla, Alfredo Luis, Rusticucci, Matilde, Terra, Rafael
Climatic change 2010 v.98 no.3-4 pp. 307-329
climate, climate change, climate models, databases, decision making, economic impact, information exchange, model validation, prediction, researchers, social impact, stakeholders, Europe, South America
The goal of the CLARIS project was to build an integrated European-South American network dedicated to promote common research strategies to observe and predict climate changes and their consequent socio-economic impacts taking into account the climate and societal peculiarities of South America. Reaching that goal placed the present network as a privileged advisor to contribute to the design of adaptation strategies in a region strongly affected by and dependent on climate variability (e.g. agriculture, health, hydro-electricity). Building the CLARIS network required fulfilling the following three objectives: (1) The first objective of CLARIS was to set up and favour the technical transfer and expertise in earth system and regional climate modelling between Europe and South America together with the providing of a list of climate data (observed and simulated) required for model validations; (2) The second objective of CLARIS was to facilitate the exchange of observed and simulated climate data between the climate research groups and to create a South American high-quality climate database for studies in extreme events and long-term climate trends; (3) Finally, the third objective of CLARIS was to strengthen the communication between climate researchers and stakeholders, and to demonstrate the feasibility of using climate information in the decision-making process.