European and North Atlantic daily to multidecadal climate variability (EMULATE)

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Funding source

EU Fifth Framework Programme - Energy, environment and sustainable development

Project Details

Start date: 01/11/2002
End date: 28/02/2006
Funding: 1020800 EUR


EMULATE proposes to create daily gridded fields of mean-sea-level pressure (MSLP) over the extratropical North Atlantic and Europe (25 degrees North to 70 degrees North; 70 degrees West to 50 degrees East on a 5 degrees by 5 degrees grid spacing), 1850 to date. The data will be used to develop time series of characteristic atmospheric circulation patterns for each season, sampled on sub-monthly time scales. Variations and trends in these patterns will be related to those evident in large-scale sea surface temperatures (SSTs) and other possible oceanic fluctuations including those of the thermohaline circulation, with the aid of atmosphere only and coupled atmosphere and ocean models. Variations in the incidence of extremes of temperature and precipitation across Europe will be related to fluctuations and trends in the atmospheric circulation patterns on daily to multi-decadal timescales and, for temperature, to SST and possible anthropogenic factors.

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