Who we are

We are an interdisciplinary research team of experienced scientists and young talents working together to close the gap between science and society, by exchanging knowledge and tools with stakeholders in key socio-economic sectors to create the society of the future.

What we do

We co-produce climate and air quality services, and facilitate knowledge and technology transfer of state-of-the-art research at local, national, and international levels. Our purpose is to demonstrate the ongoing value of climate prediction services, atmospheric composition, and weather forecasting to society and key sectors of the economy, such as renewable energy, urban development, infrastructure, transport, insurance, health, and agriculture.

Our cutting-edge operational and semi-operational forecast services on climate, air quality, and airborne dust are created in association with public administrations, as leaders in multinational partnerships or through private contracts with companies willing to exploit the opportunities from future climate and air quality information.

Close collaboration and partnership with stakeholders pioneering the application of this knowledge in their decision-making, including operative decisions, is essential to foster adaptation to climate change and move towards a more resilient, sustainable and carbon-neutral society.

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Short-term forecast

Short-term air quality forecasts provide information on the concentration of the main pollutants for the following days, at local, regional, and global scale, taking into account the emissions, meteorology, and atmospheric chemistry.

Climate predictions

Climate predictions evaluate the variability of climate variables over near-term future timescales: sub-seasonal (1-4 weeks), seasonal (1-15 months), and decadal (1-10 years). They provide the most robust climate information currently available, presented as the probability of certain climate conditions occurring.

Climate projections

Climate projections provide information about the variation of atmospheric variables over the coming decades and up to the end of the century to assess the global evolution of the Earth's climate and to study phenomena such as climate change. Climate projections require scenario hypotheses which are based on future projected levels of greenhouse gases and socio-economic development to provide plausible descriptions of how the climate may evolve in the future.

How we do this

Our group is part of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), the Spanish National Supercomputing Centre that hosts MareNostrum, one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe. We work closely with all research groups within the BSC’s Earth Sciences department: Climate Variability and Change, Atmospheric Composition, and Computational Earth Sciences.

We study user demand-driven needs to advance and tailor state-of-the-art models, data post-processing and forecast quality assessment for specific variables, time scales and resolutions. Through the exploration of new data, visualisations, and communication techniques, we develop user-interaction interfaces to tailor and disseminate knowledge, tools, and transfer technology. By providing knowledge co-production processes and enabling feedback loops between users and the service providers, we offer guidance and training for established services to improve services’ adoption and visibility, and assess their value to society and the economy.

We are an interdisciplinary team...

The Earth System Services group forms an interdisciplinary team of experienced researchers and young talents, covering all aspects of earth system science. Our expertise goes from fundamental research in climate and atmospheric composition modelling to engagement with the users to facilitate service co-production and uptake.