Climate Services Through Knowledge Co-Production: A Euro-South American Initiative For Strengthening Societal Adaptation Response to Extreme Events – CLIMAX

Submission summary

An inter- and trans-disciplinary framework based on a European-South American research cooperation is proposed to underpin climate services
inSouth America. Climate variability patterns linking the South American Monsoon region, including Amazonia, with southeastern South
America,influence climate extremes and impact several societal sectors. More than 200 million people live in the region that is one of the world largest
agricultural producing region and where the second world largest hydroelectric power plant is situated. Besides recent progress, further efforts are
needed to better understand and predict regional climate variability. Project objectives are: 1) to better understand the combined role of remote
andlocal drivers on South America climate variability from sub-seasonal to decadal timescales, and its impact on the occurrence and intensity of
extremeevents. Special focus will be placed on an improved understanding of the effects of land use changes from the Amazon to the subtropics and
theirimpact on extreme precipitation events; 2) to assess the predictability levels associated with regional climate pattern from sub-seasonal to
decadal time scales; 3) to develop innovative regional prediction tools not only of climate variability but also of climate impact on both agriculture and
hydrology in SSA on subseasonal and seasonal time scales; 4) to analyze climate knowledge co-production in order to revise how climate data are
used by various stakeholders in their socio-cultural contexts; and 5) to analyze communication conditions of interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary
process of knowledge co-production that determines the usefulness of climate information in the process.Innovative technologies will be codeveloped
to produce products and tools by the project for the SSA-RCC, agriculture and hydropower sectors. The project will be implemented in
the context of the southern South AmericaRegional Climate Centre, and will include actors from the national meteorological services, agriculture and
energy stakeholders and organizations.

Project coordination

Carolina Vera (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

The author of this summary is the project coordinator, who is responsible for the content of this summary. The ANR declines any responsibility as for its contents.


IRD Institut de Recherche pour le Développement
PIK Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung
INPE National Institute for Space Science
WUR Wageningen - UR- ALTERRA
TUM Technical University Munich, School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan
CNRS Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
LSCE Laboratoire des Scences du Climat et de l'Environnement

Help of the ANR 596,174 euros
Beginning and duration of the scientific project: May 2016 - 48 Months

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