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First IS-ENES3 virtual Autumn School on Climate data use for impact assessments

Nov 04, 2020 09:00 AM to Dec 10, 2020 09:00 AM (Europe/Vienna / UTC100)
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The aim of the School is to help researchers make better use of available climate data and knowledge, in order to produce higher quality research outputs and services. This, in turn, will help to combat and adapt to climate change. Other aims are to develop a network of researchers who can turn to each other in the future for advice and cooperation.

When ? The school will be organized as a virtual course with 2 online sessions during six weeks (from Nov. 4th to Dec. 11th, 2020), combined with self-study and case studies in small groups.

Researchers from the IS-ENES consortium will interact directly with the participants. The IS-ENES3 consortium is involved in producing the CMIP6 data which will underpin the next IPCC report, expected in 2021-2022. Through the Schools, the IS-ENES consortium intends to make its knowledge available for scientists all over Europe.

The target groups of this virtual School are climate scientists, Vulnerability, Impact and Adaptation (VIA) researchers and consultants offering climate services. We aim to create a mix of these different disciplines so that participants can learn from each other. As a result, climate scientists will better understand what kind of outputs VIA researchers need. VIA researchers will learn how to use the products of climate science in an effective and valid way. Participants can be PhD students, Postdocs, professionals and consultants, including climate services providers. An MSc in the natural sciences is required for fruitful participation.

This is the first in a series of three IS-ENES Schools. Applicants who cannot be placed in the first School may be placed in the Spring (February-March) or Summer (May-June) schools in 2021. If the development of the Covid-19 pandemic allows, the case-study work in the schools in 2021 may be converted to a 3 day face-to-face meeting.


The programme of the Autumn School

The total length of the Autumn School is six weeks. In the first three weeks, 2-3 hour virtual meetings will be held on Wednesday and Friday mornings. Interactive lectures on climate models, data, impact modelling and climate services are provided. Participants can bring in their own case study and will work on these in groups of 2-3 persons during the last three weeks. During these weeks, teachers from IS-ENES will be available for questions and help. 

The preliminary agenda below can be downloaded as a .pdf here.

Week 1: Climate data and climate models

Webinar 1 Wednesday morning 4th of November

10 min

Introduction to the course: aim, learning objectives, set-up

20 min

Interactive session (wrap up of the preparation material*):

  • What different sources of climate data are there?
  • What are the main advantages and disadvantages of the various data sources
  • What are the main uncertainties in climate data?
  • What methods exist to deal with these uncertainties?

(*Those with little background knowledge on climate data are asked to follow some of the lessens provided by C3S User Learning Service as preparation)

60 min


Sylvie Joussaume: Climate models and the international landscape of climate research and modelling and current developments

Klaus Zimmerman: Climate model evaluation and the ESMValTool

30 min

Further questions and discussion on how to use the presented information for climate impact studies (questions can also be posed during the presentations)

Webinar 2 Friday morning 6th of November

20 min

Questions related to the information presented in Webinar 1

70 min


Tomas Halenka: Downscaling techniques and regional modelling, and bias-correction

Eric Guilyardi: Standards for climate data, CMIP experiments

Vladimir Djurdjevic: Climate indices and standards, uncertainties/ensembles, challenges in use of climate data

30 min

Further questions and discussion on how to use the presented information for climate impact studies.

Wrap-up: what do the participants consider the most important information/messages for their work, and what information is missing?

Week 2: Climate impacts and climate services

Webinar 3 Wednesday morning 11th November

20 min

Interactive session (wrap up of the preparation material from C3S ULS*):

  • In what way does climate/weather impact the sectors treated in this climate impact school?
  • What are the main uncertainties in impact modelling in this sector and how do people deal with it?

(*Those with little background knowledge on climate impacts in various sectors are asked to follow some of the lessens provided by C3S User Learning Service as preparation)

70 min


Rutger Dankers: Approaches used in impact modelling and examples of impact studies for water

Vladimir Djurdjevic: Impact modelling and examples: agriculture/forestry

30 min

Further questions and discussion how to use the presented information for climate impact studies.

Webinar 4 Friday 13th November

15 min

Interactive session:

  • What are 'climate services' according to the participants?
  • What climate services do they know, use and/or produce?
  • What climate services do they require for their work?

75 min


Rutger Dankers: Climate services (types, uncertainties, examples, etc.)

Christian Pagé: Landscape of portals, tools with climate data and other data: ESGF, Copernicus, etc.

30 min

Further questions and discussion on how to use the presented information for climate impact studies.

Wrap-up: what do the participants consider the most important information/messages for their work,and what information is missing?

Week 3: Setting up climate impact studies and access to climate data through the Climate4Impact portal

Webinar 5 Wednesday morning 18th November

15 min

Judith Klostermann: Aim of the case studies, set-up of the work, forming small groups.

45 min


Janette Bessembinder/Judith Klostermann: Introduction to the steps required for case studies (mainly impact analysis, but also some attention for adaptation) and problems and challenges in inter/multi/transdisciplinary work.

Selection of case studies. Case studies can be impact studies or development of a climate service.

60 min

Short presentation of the research question of each group.

Interactive session: in general we discuss what the participants should think of (e.g. how will the results of the case study be used, who are the stakeholders, context of the question, what climate data are needed, time horizon, resolution, dealing with uncertainties), use of google docs.

Webinar 6 Friday morning 20th November

30 min

Interactive session on what was treated in webinar 5. Could participants answer most of the questions for their case study? What was difficult?

60 min


Christian Pagé: Introduction to the Climate4Impact portal and some examples on possible analyses (current version of the portal)

Alessandro Spinuso: Introduction to the new version of the new Climate4Impact portal (under development)


Further questions and discussion on how to use the presented information for climate impact studies.

Week 4-5: Work on case studies

Wednesday or Friday morning

Session to answer questions of participants on their case study, how to find, select and process climate data, how to use climate data in an impact study, how to deal with uncertainties.

Week 6: Work on case studies

Wednesday morning

Session to answer questions of participants on how to process climate data, how to use climate data in impact studies, how to deal with uncertainties, how to visualize and communicate results.

Webinar 7 Friday morning 10th December

90 min

Presenting and discussing case studies of each group

30 min

Evaluate the course


How to apply

To apply, you need to send a motivation letter and a CV explaining your relevant background at the following address with the mail object "IS-ENES3 Autumn school application". Your motivation letter must include the following information: name, email, telephone, country, and you must indicate if you consider yourself a climate scientist, a VIA researcher (Vulnerability, Impact and Adaptation) or a climate services provider. 

The application needs to be submitted at the latest on October 15th, 2020.

The number of participants in the Autumn School is limited to 20 persons; with this compact group we want to create a committed ‘community’ that will help each other in the course of the six weeks of this School. This way we hope to approach the goals of a physical Autumn School of one week; which is now impossible due to Covid-19.

Applicants need a finished MSc in one of the natural sciences in order to guarantee fruitful participation. The working language will be English and participants need sufficient skill in this language. If the number of applications exceeds the maximum number of participants, participants will be selected according to the following criteria:

  • The aim is a diversity of participants from climate science, impact research and climate services; a balanced mix of participants will be selected.
  • The IS-ENES3 project aims to involve more researchers from Eastern and Southern Europe, so applicants from these regions will be prioritized.


A selection committee of three course organizers will select the participants and will let every applicant know the outcome by October 23rd, 2020. Applicants can be placed on a waiting list in case selected participants cancel their participation in the last minute. Applicants who are not selected, but who do have the required qualifications and belong to our stakeholder groups can indicate whether they want to apply  for the next schools in spring and summer of 2021.

By applying, you agree that the IS-ENES3 project and its selection committee will collect your personal data according to the IS-ENES3 data privacy policy: Your data will only be used in the purpose of the organisation of the IS-ENES3 Autumn school. If you want to modify or erase your personal data, please send an email to


Summary of the IS-ENES3 project: Infrastructure for the European Network for Earth System Modelling (2019 - 2022)

IS-ENES3, a Horizon 2020 project, is the third phase of the distributed e-infrastructure of the European Network for Earth System Modelling (ENES). The project fosters collaboration between 22 European climate research institutions. The community aims to develop a better understanding of past, present and future climate. IS-ENES3 projects future variability and changes of the climate through the development and sharing of model components, modelling tools and data infrastructure. The IS-ENES3 three main objectives are to:

  • Foster collaboration among the modelling groups to speed-up the development and use of models of the complex Earth’s climate system, generally named “Earth System models” (ESMs);
  • Deliver common strategies for the research infrastructure on the global climate;
  • Disseminate model data to researchers worldwide.


Biographies of the teachers

Janette Bessembinder (PhD) works at the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute since 2005. She is involved in climate scenario and climate services development. In the Netherlands she has led several projects on the tailoring of climate data for users ranging from impact/adaptation researchers, companies to policy makers. She is or has been involved in the European projects EUSTACE, ROADAPT, WATCH, C3S ULS, Climateurope, PRIMAVERA and IS-ENES3, mostly as work package leader related to tailoring and dissemination.
Judith Klostermann (PhD) is a social science researcher at Wageningen Research and is working within the Climate Resilience team. She works in the domains of adaptation to climate change, coastal management and sustainability. She is involved in user engagement for the Copernicus Climate Data Store. She organized Communities of Practice in European projects URBANFLUXES and BRIDGE on urban climate change.
Sylvie Joussaume (PhD) is a senior scientist within National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in France. She is an expert in climate modelling at IPSL and has been involved in IPCC assessment reports since the third report.  She is chairing the scientific board of the European Network for Earth System modelling (ENES) and coordinates the FP7 infrastructure project IS-ENES, which integrates the European climate models in a common infrastructure (2009-2022).
Vladimir Djurdjevic (PhD) is an associate professor of meteorology at the Faculty of Physics, University of Belgrade, Serbia. He was visiting scientist at NOAA/NCEP (USA), CMCC (Italy), IST (Portugal) and ICOD (Malta). His expertise is in the field of climate modeling, climate data analysis, climate impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change. He participates in the international initiative Med-CORDEX and he is a member of the International Planning Committee of the Pannex hydroclimate project. He is or has been involved in the European projects ORIENTGATE, DRIHM, GEO-CRADLE, ClimatEurope and IS-ENES3.
Christian Pagé (PhD) holds a "highly qualified" research engineer position at CERFACS. He has been active in research and development since 1995, covering a large spectrum of atmospheric sciences. He has been involved in many large projects. He is currently involved in improving access to large data volumes for use within the climate community. He has been involved in several European projects, notably FLYSAFE, EUDAT/EUDAT2020, IS-ENES/IS-ENES2, CLIPC, SPECS, DARE, often as a work package leader. He is also involved in the Earth System Grid Federation (ESGF) Compute Working Expert team, on providing data processing near the data storage for large data volumes in a federated infrastructure. 
Rutger Dankers (PhD) is a physical geographer with over 15 years of experience in weather and climate impacts research. His work has focused on natural hazards and extreme events; interactions between weather, climate and society; modelling and model evaluation; and communication of risk and uncertainties. His expertise includes climate change and climate impact modelling; postprocessing of weather forecasts; analysing climate projections; processing large datasets; extreme value statistics; evaluating uncertainty; and weather and climate risk assessment. Since 2019, he works at the Climate Resilience team at Wageningen Environmental Research.

Eric Guilyardi (PhD) is a climate scientist at LOCEAN-IPSL, CNRS. He has published over 95 papers in peer-reviewed journals on topics including tropical climate variability, El Niño, ocean and climate, climate change, multi-model analysis, or state-of-the-art climate model development and has been ranked as Highly Cited scientist in 2018. Eric Guilyardi was Lead Author for IPCC AR5 and is Contributing Author for IPCC AR6. He has been involved in IS-ENES and other EU project for more than 20 years, more specifically coordinating the METAFOR and ES-DOC projects.

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IS-ENES3 has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824084