Funding secured for new climate projects

Press Release issued: Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Institute for Environmental Analytics is celebrating three successful funding wins which will boost commercial use of climate data in a range of market sectors. The three projects have all won funding from ECMWF’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S).

The projects are:

Wind Storm Climate Service (WISC)
This collaborative project to address the increasing social and economic cost of severe wind storms has secured funding to a total of €1.6m. It is aimed at decision-makers in the insurance sector and will also be of benefit to other areas such as energy, transport and civil engineering.

The 27-month project is being led by information technology company CGI, and as well as the IEA and University of Reading, partners include Telespazio Vega UK, Met Office, KNMI (Dutch Met Office), IVM (Amsterdam), OASIS and Swiss Re.

Using cost-effective tools and data sources it will combine historical data on wind storms from across Europe with projections of the effect of climate change and present the results in a way that can be used to improve services such as risk modelling.

Olive and vine growers around the world will benefit from this project which will use high quality climate data to help growers adapt their farming methods to weather changes.

It has been awarded a total of €1.5m to focus on so-called ‘woody crops’ (which also include forestry) and is being led by Telespazio Vega UK Ltd. Alongside the University of Reading and IEA, other partners are the Met Office, University of Molise in Italy, CGI, Telespazio France and eGeos.

Rather than just giving end users the climate data, the IEA’s role will be to develop metadata links and design accessible visualisations to make the resulting information more accessible.

European Climatic Energy Mixes (ECEM)
ECEM will produce a climate service tool that enables the energy industry and policy makers to assess how well different energy supply mixes in Europe will meet demand over different time horizons – from years to decades. The project will focus on how changes in climate affect both the supply and demand of renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar.

This 27-month project is led by the University of East Anglia. Partners alongside the IEA and University of Reading are Electricité De France (EDF), the Met Office, ARMINES (France), and ENEA (the Italian agency for new technologies, energy and sustainable development). The IEA, which is focused on supporting industry and acting as an intermediary to bridge the gap between world-leading scientific expertise in the research base and commercial applications, will develop the proof-of-concept demonstrator.

IEA CEO Colin McKinnon welcomed news of the successful bids. He said: “These successful project wins demonstrate that the vision of the IEA is now becoming reality.

“We look forward to working with a range of IEA Partners and others involved in these projects to develop new prototype climate service applications. These are good examples of the IEA being able to bring together scientific knowledge with advanced data analytics to provide decision-support tools for organisations in a range of sectors facing environmental challenges.”