NICE - Network for ice sheet and climate evolution.

Project Details


Geographics - The RTN is necessarily restricted to a few number to European Institutes. Its form is very different from an Integrated Projects (IP) in which it is possible to involve a large number of Institutes. We have focussed the NICE network on Climate - Ice sheet interactions and tried to optimise the training and synergy in our network. We are perfectly aware that they are many important
laboratories not included in NICE that would be interesting partners. NICE will remain open to collaboration with these groups. Especially all meeting organized through NICE will be open toother laboratories with an emphasis on possible integration of new comers.
The concern for climate change is not limited to a small group of scientists. The demand is strong, from the general public, stakeholders, policy makers, to know more about the future of the Earth's climate. Whether the threats from climatic change are on the short term (like floods, droughts, severe storms), or on the long term (like high-latitude warming and its possible effect on permafrost, sea-level rise, and ice sheet decay), it is important for our scientific community to be able to bring the most reliable answers to these questions. This can only be achieved through the development and careful validation of comprehensive Earth System Models, because each component of the climate system (atmosphere, ocean, sea-ice, ice-sheet, vegetation) is playing a role in climate changes, though with different response time scales.
Our network is therefore based on the best existing modeling laboratories in Europe that are involved in climate change, using a variety of different climate and ice sheet models. The groups within our network will also be able to test their model results on past climate, since this is the only way to check for climate - ice sheet models sensitivity. Besides the Earth Science modeling teams
(CEA-LSCE, UNIBE-CEP, UiB-BCCR, UREAD, UBRIS, UCL-ASTR) and the Ice sheet modeling
and remote sensing ones (VUB, CNRS-LGGE and CNRS-LEGOS, UBRIS), our network also
includes very good expertise on past climatic data, in particular from three main sources : the Ocean (CEA-LSCE, UiB-BCCR), the current Ice sheets (UCopenhagen, CNRS-LGGE, UNIBE-CEP) and also from the continent (AMU).
We are currently lacking of scientists trained in this multidisciplinary approach and the first aim of NICE is to train the new generation of scientists in this way. But given the demand from different actors of our society, it is also essential for this new generation to be able to clearly convey the causes of the predicted climatic evolution, and to explain the uncertainties of climatic predictions. Thus, NICE is designed to give the opportunity to these scientists to acquire the competence of communicating their results outside the scientific sphere.
This is why, besides internationally well recognized research European Institute on climate, we have included in the NICE consortium the CLIMPACT company, in order to convey academic results of the research developed within NICE to the industrial and financial worlds (insurance policy makers, regional management of natural resources...). CLIMPACT will also be very helpful to train ER and ESR to communicate with this sphere.
We would like to benefit from this robust background to train a new generation of scientists on three major axes:
1. Acquire a global view and knowledge of the Earth System from past climate changes to future climate evolution.
2. Give them the capability to better account for the social demand from population to policy makers to better explain the impact of these climate changes including uncertainties.
3. Provide the EC and European countries with young scientists with large and deep scientific knowledge on climate evolution that will help society to adapt as rapidly and efficiently as possible to future climate changes.
Effective start/end date1/01/0731/12/10


  • Geographics

Flemish discipline codes

  • Mathematical sciences
  • Civil and building engineering
  • Pedagogical and educational sciences
  • Environmental sciences
  • Earth sciences
  • Social and economic geography