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BSC-CNS manages MareNostrum, one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe, located at the Torre Girona chapel. The mission of BSC-CNS is to investigate, develop and manage information technology in order to facilitate scientific progress. With this aim, special dedication has been taken to areas such as Computer Sciences, Life Sciences, Earth Sciences and Computational Applications in Science and Engineering.


The Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espacias/Centro de Previsão de Tempo e Estudos Climáticos (INPE/CPTEC) is a Brazilian institution funded by the Brazilian government with the commitment of providing the country with high-quality weather and climate predictions through research and operational activities. INPE/CPTEC is organized in three divisions: Weather and climate operations; Modeling and developments; and Environmental Satellite applications.


The overall mission of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPG) is to understand how physical, chemical, and biological processes, as well as human behaviour, contribute to the dynamics of the Earth system, and specifically how they relate to global and regional climate changes.


The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) is the national research and information centre for weather, seismology, climate and climate change in the Netherlands. KNMI has a long tradition in operational and scientific activities. Climate research at KNMI aims at observing, understanding and predicting changes in the climate system. KNMI produces climate scenarios to support stakeholders for developing adaptation and mitigation strategies.


The University of Oxford is transitioning towards an international centre of excellence in physical climate science. The host for this project, the Department of Physics, rated as a whole, is one of only three Physics departments in the UK to have been awarded the top rating in every Research Assessment Exercise that the UK government has carried out. The research outlined in this project will be conducted within the sub-Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics (AOPP).


Météo-France is the French national meteorological service. It has the responsibility of observing and predicting weather and climate over the country. The Centre National de Recherches Météorologiques (CNRM) is the department responsible for conducting the largest part of the meteorological research activities, and for coordinating research/development undertakings conducted within other departments.


The Centre Européen de Recherche et Formation Avancée en Calcul Scientifique (CERFACS) is a leading research institute on algorithms for solving large scale scientific problems. The CERFACS Climate Modeling and Global Change team conducts basic scientific research and high-level technical developments for climate studies. It develops the OASIS coupler software, currently used by more than 25 climate modeling groups.


The Norsk Institutt for Luftforskning (NILU) is an independent research institute. It conducts environmental research with emphasis on the sources of airborne pollution, atmospheric transport, stratospheric ozone and UV, climate change, and is also involved in the assessment of the effects of pollution on ecosystems, human health and materials. A main priority for NILU is to provide scientific facts on the quantitative relationships between these factors, and at the same time make the results available in user-friendly manners for decision-makers.


The Agenzia Nazionale per le Nuove Tecnologie, l'Energia e lo Sviluppo Economico Sostenibile (ENEA) is the Italian government agency responsible for the areas of new technology, energy and the sustainable economy. ENEA’s activities in the Environmental sector involve: Environmental surveying and monitoring; Climate modelling and analysis; Global change assessment; Research and assessment of the impact of productive activities on environment.


The University of Leeds is one of the largest Universities in the UK. The University is the national leader in receipt of NERC funding for the last two years and has gained a number of interdisciplinary awards spanning the natural and social science dimensions of environmental research. Within the University, the School of Earth and Environment (SEE) is an internationally recognised centre for research and teaching in earth and environmental system science and social science.


Exeter Climate Systems (XCS) is a world-renowned centre for research at the frontier of mathematics/statistics and climate science based in the mathematics research institute at the University of Exeter.  Researchers in XCS successfully develop and apply novel mathematics and statistics to solve real world problems raised by partners such as the nearby Met Office in Exeter, the World Bank, and reinsurance brokers such as Willis.

The Norwegian Meteorological Institute ( provides public meteorological services for both civil and military purposes. The main responsibilities of the institute are to issue weather, ocean and ice forecasts, provide information to safeguard life and property, climate monitoring and research and development. Research is organised within the Research and Development Department (R&D). The main focus is to further develop the understanding of weather, ocean and ice forecasting, air pollution, climate and climate outlook.


Vortex Factoria de Calculs S.L. is a privately owned wind resource assessment service company based in Barcelona, Spain. Vortex started its technology development in 2007 by former wind professionals (with more than 15 years of experience), atmospheric physicists and computer experts.  Vortex is one the main online resource information technologies solutions based on atmospheric numerical modelling.


The Met Office is the UK’s National Weather Service. It includes the Met Office Hadley Centre (MOHC) which specialises in climate research.  The Met Office sits within UK Government and has developed and delivered climate services within the UK and internationally for many years to users in the water, energy, health, transport, agriculture and tourism sectors.


The Sveriges Meteorologiska Och Hydrologiska Institut (SMHI) is a government agency under the Swedish Ministry of Environment. SMHI offers products and services that provide organisations with important environmental information in support of decision-making. SMHI is the government organization responsible for national meteorological, hydrological and oceanographic forecasting and the production of regional climate change projections.


The Institut Pierre et Simon Laplace, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) is the main French research institution. It represents here the LOCEAN laboratory, as part of the Institut Pierre Simon Laplace. IPSL is a federative institute located in Paris working on global environmental and climate studies. Its main objectives are to understand the natural climate variability at regional and global scales, together with the past and future evolution of our planet, to understand the impacts of human activities on the climate.


The University of Reading (UREAD) is a leading UK university. The Department of Meteorology has a long and distinguished history of research in meteorology. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 75% of our research was graded as world leading or internationally excellent.Our weighted score makes us the highest-graded UK department focusing on the fundamental science of weather and climate.


The Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) is the largest public multidisciplinary research organisation in Spain. CSIC collaborates with national and International universities, public RTD organisations, SMEs, companies and other institutions of a scientific/technological nature. CSIC has been the 5th organisation in Europe in project execution and funding in the 6th Framework Programme.


The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) is an international organisation supported by 34 states. Its primary duties, for which it is a world leader, are in numerical weather prediction. ECMWF has one of the most advanced numerical weather prediction and data assimilation systems in the world, and has pioneered the development of ensemble forecast techniques for weather and climate prediction. ECMWF is also a world leader in atmospheric and ocean reanalysis.


The Institute of Oceanography (IfM) of the University of Hamburg performs research and provides academic education on the physics of the ocean, and its role within the climate system. The institute is equipped for sea-going ocean work, and has access to the university’s computer centre and the German Climate Computing Centre, which provides German climate research with high performance computing and data services.