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“Climate Predictability and Inter-Regional Linkages” – joint call between Belmont Forum and JPI Climate

Last day of application: 01/06/2015

Day of decision: 07/04/2016

This call aims to contribute to the overall challenge of developing climate services with a focus on inter-regional linkages role in climate variability and predictability. Major impediments indeed still exist having efficient climate services at regional and local level, because of little or poorly understood climate processes (in part caused by a paucity of observations), inadequate dissemination of scientific knowledge, conflicts between climatic and non-climatic stressors and lack of action by decision makers and the human society at large.

Call Topics

Projects should address one or more of the following topics:

Topic 1- Understanding past and current variability and trends of regional extremes

The utility of projections and scenarios will progress when their match with historic and recent observed variability and trends improves.

Topic 2- Predictability and prediction skills for near‐future variability and trends of regional extremes

Recent research programs have explored the possibility to generate more skilful decadal forecasts, focusing on initialization techniques, process studies and model system configurations. In many populated areas, outside the tropics for short-term El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO), such forecast skill is yet very unsatisfactory for supporting stakeholders' decisions. Only some potential sources of predictability have been detected so far.

Topic 3‐ Co‐construction of near term forecast products with users

Enhancing adaptive capacity and resilience requires the integration of information on both climatic and non-climatic stressors. Translation and visualization of climate information for users should be improved, users' representations of climatic issues should be better understood, and mutual trust should be developed.

The development of inter- and trans-disciplinary collaborations is encouraged, especially for Topic-3, involving natural and social scientists to work with various type of users. Overall, an important target of this call is to provide results that can serve at different spatial scales and can be easily transferrable to emerging regional climate services.
The "Climate predictability and inter-regional linkages" CRA is envisioned as a two-stage Call. Proposers will be asked to submit a pre-proposal (~ 4 pages long) describing the project, the consortium and the tentative budget and, for the projects that will successfully go through stage 1, submission of the full proposal (~ 20 pages long) will follow.

Here below is the timeline:

  • 1st April 2015: Call for pre-proposals
  • 1st June 2015: Call closes
  • Mid-September 2015: Invite full proposals
  • Mid-November 2015: Full proposals due
  • End-January 2016: Panel for decision
  • April-June 2016: Projects begin

Link to call webbsite


Lisa Almesjö, Senior officer, Formas

Telephone: +46(0)8 775 40 53


Lisa Almesjö