Consortium Experience

Submitted by S. Mbajon Njiche on Fri, 2010-11-19 11:20
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The Consortium

The consortium has been built to integrate core partners from the Earth Observations community (CLS, GFZ, isardSAT, DTU Space, LEGOS) and from the Climate modelling community (UoH, ECMWF, NERSC), all having an internationally acknowledged expertise in their field of expertise.

International Representation

Members of the consortium are represented on numerous international committees and panels that are addressing climate change related issues. Included among these are:
  • NERSC: Ocean Observing Panel for Climate, MyOcean Board;
  • UoH: CLIVAR’s “Global Synthesis and Observations Panel”, CLIVAR’s Science Steering Group, WCRP’s panel on observations and assimilation;
  • LEGOS: Member of GCOS steering committee, IPCC member and lead author of chapter “ocean climate and sea level”;
  • CLS: GODAE Ocean View Observing System Evaluation task team, MyOcean Executive Committee.

IPCC and 4AR 


Additionally, other contributions to the 4AR for IPCC (link) have also been supplied by partners of the consortium. NERSC, through the Bergen Climate Model (BCM) is one the climate modelling group that contribute to the projection simulations within IPCC. Similarly, CLS and LEGOS have been involved in the Sea level part of the 4AR for IPCC by providing mean sea level trends estimations. Likewise contribution to IPCC 5AR is ongoing. Furthermore, the sea level trends indicators are provided by the CLS/LEGOS/CNES group 

Project Experience


Members of the project team are also strongly involved in ocean surface topography (OST) community and in particular in the OST science team (OSTST set up by EUMETSAT, CNES, NASA and NOAA) and ESA Quality Working Group (QWG). CLS and NERSC are key partners of MyOcean project, the EC FP7 project aiming at setting up the GMES Marine Core Services. This project gathers 61 partners all over Europe.

CLS has two major responsibilities in this project, leadership of the Sea Level Assembly Center (LEGOS and DTU Space contribute to this Center) and leadership of the global engineering work package. NERSC among other responsibilities is leader of the Arctic Sea modelling. The diagram below outlines each partners strengths to the skill and expertise required by ESA.

Strengths of the consortiumStrengths of the consortium