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Portugal participates in a European project to anticipate climatic phenomena

24th October 2019

That is why Portugal, through the Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science (INESC TEC), together with another 17 European institutions from 10 European countries, will participate in the TIPES (Tipping points in the earth system) project. The project has a budget of EUR eight million.

The TIPES project aims at increasing the knowledge on the critical issues in the earth system associated with abrupt and potentially irreversible transitions of the earth's climate. In order to reach these goals, the project has a very diverse set of experts – ranging from mathematicians, physicists, climatologists to data scientists – who together try to improve the knowledge on weather hazards and the reliability of forecasts.

It is expected that, in 2023, the project will produce information to support international climate assessments, namely those produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of the United Nations (IPCC), and will help decision makers with responsibilities in defining public policies that are relevant for the earth's climate.

INESC TEC, which is the only Portuguese institution to participate in the consortium, is responsible for «analysing paleoclimate time series (a set of time series that indicate very old climates) for the identification of warning signs of abrupt climate transitions», explained Susana Barbosa, a researcher of the Centre for Information Systems and Computer Graphics (CSIG) of the institute

The TIPES project was funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the grant agreement nº 820970.

For more information:

Joana Coelho

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