One of the many ENSEMBLES workshops organized by the UNIGE team in the context of its coordination of the "Outreach and Communications" module of the large EU/FP6 Project (Photo: © 2009 Martin Beniston).


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The ENSEMBLES Project (contract number GOCE-CT-2003-505539) is supported by the European Commission's 6th Framework Programme as a 5 year Integrated Project from 2004-2009 under the Thematic Sub-Priority "Global Change and Ecosystems".

The project aims to:

  • Develop an ensemble prediction system for climate variability and change based on the principal state-of-the-art, high resolution, global and regional Earth System models developed in Europe, validated against quality controlled, high resolution gridded datasets for Europe, to produce for the first time, an objective probabilistic estimate of uncertainty in future climate at the seasonal to decadal and longer timescales
  • Quantify and reduce the uncertainty in the representation of physical, chemical, biological and human-related feedbacks in the Earth System (including water resource, land use, and air quality issues, and carbon cycle feedbacks)
  • Maximise the exploitation of the results by linking the outputs of the ensemble prediction system to a range of applications, including agriculture, health, food security, energy, water resources, insurance and weather risk management.

The project is co-ordinated by John Mitchell, Chief Scientist at the Met Office. There are 8 research themes (RTs), ranging from global and regional climate predictions to seasonal forecasts, climate impacts and socio-economic aspects of climatic change. The links to the other RTs are provided below:

RT0 (Home)     RT1      RT2a      RT2b      RT3      RT4      RT5      RT6      RT7

RT8: Dissemination, Outreach and Training

The purpose of Research Theme 8 (RT8) is to provide an efficient means of disseminating the results emerging from the ENSEMBLES research community at different levels, in particular the general public, stakeholders, policymakers, and researchers both within ENSEMBLES and with other scientists not directly involved in the project. A further aim is to open up areas of education and training on methodologies, models, and novel concepts developed within the ENSEMBLES framework; this will provide state-of-the-art material for graduate students and advanced researchers alike, and stimulate exchanges of students and researchers between the various partner institutions. There will also be provision for scientists from developing countries and Newly Associated States who could then adapt and apply the knowledge developed within ENSEMBLES to the particular conditions of their regions.

Primary Objectives

  • Work Package 1: Internet-based project dissemination, to allow efficient dissemination and exchange of information regarding the status of research within the ENSEMBLES framework.
  • Work Package 2: Publications, to ensure that the results of ENSEMBLES-based research reaches appropriate recipients in a timely and coordinated manner.
  • Work Package 3: Workshops, to provide an adequate framework for ENSEMBLES partners to interact both within the community and with end-users and stakeholders.
  • Work Package 4: PhD training and staff exchange programs, to allow the spin-off from the research and development that will take place within ENSEMBLES working groups to be made available to young and confirmed scientists.

RT8 Co-ordinating Team Members

Prof. Martin Beniston and Dr. Markus Stoffel
C3i: Climatic Change and Impacts Group, University of Geneva

Dr. Christos Giannakopoulos and Dr. Effie Kostopoulou
National Observatory of Athens