The Danish Meteorological Institute has an extensive international scientific record within regional climate modelling (RCM) and is the leading national authority on regional climate change projections.
We have focus on future climate projections as a consequence of the anthropogenic greenhouse emissions as well as interannual to multidecadal climate fluctuations and predictability. To investigate interactions and feedback mechanisms between atmosphere, ocean, land surface and ice on a larger scale, we also operate Global Climate Models.
We participate in a number of international RCM projects and have a prominent role in Europe as data host for regional climate projections. We work closely together with scientists and researchers in Denmark and internationally.
Ocean and ice play an important role in climate change and adaptation research. DMI’s regional marine climate research is based on high quality operational models for the Baltic-North Sea and Arctic-North Atlantic Ocean. The marine hindcast, reanalysis and projections have been used in many social benefit areas such as offshore energy, maritime transport, fishery management, coastal management and climate assessment etc.
DMI has participated in a number of international projects directed towards a variety of climate related research and development areas and as Danish Focal Point to the IPCC.
Blue-Action (Arctic Impact on Weather and Climate) - Horizon 2020
Blue-Action is coordinated by DMI (Dr. Steffen M. Olsen)
Project aims: Businesses, policymakers, and local communities need to access reliable weather and climate information to safeguard human health, wellbeing, economic growth, and environmental sustainability.
However, important changes in climate variability and extreme weather events are difficult to pinpoint and account for in existing modelling and forecasting tools. Moreover, many changes in the global climate are linked to the Arctic, where climate change is occurring rapidly, making weather and climate prediction a considerable challenge.
Blue-Action evaluates the impact of Arctic warming on the northern hemisphere and develop new techniques to improve forecast accuracy at sub-seasonal to decadal scales. Blue-Action specifically works to understand and simulate the linkages between the Arctic and the global climate system, and the Arctic’s role in generating weather patterns associated with hazardous conditions and climatic extremes.
In doing so, Blue-Action aims to improve the safety and wellbeing of people in the Arctic and across the Northern Hemisphere, to reduce the risks associated with Arctic operations and resource exploitation, and to support evidence-based decision-making by policymakers worldwide.
DMI's role: DMI is involved in most aspects of the project including science coordination and project management.
ERA4CS - European Research Area for Climate Services - Horizon 2020
Project aims: ERA4CS aims at developing efficient climate services in Europe to become able to cope with current and future climate variability. ERA4CS will address the research gaps that exist between climate system science and the needs of users and decision makers. The main focus will be on planning, implementing and monitoring a joint transnational call on climate services that will support the development of better tools and methods for producing, using and communicating climate information.
DMI's role: DMI participates in preparing, launching and monitoring the joint transnational call.
Funding: European Commission H2020 Programme for Research and Innovation
Period: 1. Jan. 2016 - 31. Dec. 2021 (extended).
Collaborators: 45 partners from 18 European countries; project coordinated by Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR), France.
Participants from DMI: Marianne Sloth Madsen,
eSTICC: eScience Tools for Investigating Climate Change at High Northern Latitudes (Link: english (external))
Project aims: The overarching goal of eSTICC is a more accurate description of the high-latitude feedback processes in the climate system via further development of the eScience tools of the climate research community. It brings together climate researchers and scientific computing experts in Nordic countries to develop eScience tools needed for more efficient use of experimental and model data, and to improve the computational efficiency and coding standards of ESMs and of the tools used for inverse modeling of emission fluxes.
DMI’s role: DMI will work on improving the interface to the model data archive (CORDEX/ENSEMBLE), improving representation of ice sheets and their surface mass balance in ESM-Ice Sheet Model coupling system, improving the performance of the ESM (i.e., EC-EARTH) for carrying out extended long (millennial time-scale) experiments.
Funding: Nordic Top-level Research Initiative (TRI)
Period: Jan. 1, 2014 – Dec. 31, 2018
Collaborators: eSTICC is led by the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU), and gathers 13 research groups from the Nordic countries working in the fields of climate research and/or eScience, including the most prolific groups from the existing Nordic Centers of Excellence CRAICC, DEFROST and SVALI.
Link in danish
Project aims: The polar portal communicates Arctic research and monitoring by Danish researchers to the public. Daily updated products on ice sheet, sea ice, permafrost and weather give easy and fast access to the newest knowledge.
DMI’s role: DMI contributes as project coordinator and with products on the Greenland Ice Sheet surface mass balance, the sea ice and Greenland permafrost. The technical development and hosting of the portal is done at DMI.
Funding: DANCEA / Danish Energy Agency
Period: Jan 1, 2013 – Dec 31, 2021(current contract)
Collaborators: GEUS, DTU-Space, DTU-Byg
Participants from DMI: Peter L. Langen, Ruth Mottram, Kristian P. Nielsen, Martin Olesen, Matilde Brandt Jensen, Gorm Dybkjær, Till Andreas Rasmussen, Rasmus Tage Tonboe, Jacob L. Høyer, Christian Rodehacke and Martin Stendel