Joint HyMex-Baltic Earth Workshop – 5th & 6th November

Joint regional climate system modelling for the European sea regions


ENEA Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development, Rome, Italy

Workshop aims

This workshop aims to contribute to the understanding of regional energy, momentum, water, and matter fluxes and their effects on the regional climate using observations and Regional Climate System Models (RCSMs) encompassing processes in the atmosphere, land, sea, and anthroposphere. In this workshop, we will focus on European seas and their catchment areas like the Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea, North Sea, Baltic Sea and Arctic Ocean – highly sensitive areas where global models fail to give reliable information about changing climate because key processes are not properly resolved.

In recent years, coupled atmosphere – sea ice – ocean models have been elaborated further by using a hierarchy of sub-models for the Earth system, combining regional climate models with sub-models for surface waves, land vegetation, hydrology, land and marine biogeochemistry, the marine carbon cycle as well as marine biology and food webs. Hence, there is a tendency to develop so-called regional Earth system models with the aim to investigate the impact of climate change on the entire terrestrial and marine environment.Studies on any of the session topics described below are invited to be presented at the workshop. Discussions on progress in the field and challenges will complement the oral and poster presentations.


  • Session 1: Development and evaluation of regional climate system models. New coupled atmosphere – ice – ocean – land surface/vegetation – biogeochemical/carbon – food web models are presented and the results of hindcast simulations are compared to observations. Further, model improvement, new data sets for model evaluation and bias correction methods are particularly welcomed.
  • Session 2: Regional process studies and studies on the added value of coupled models with high resolution. A special focus on land-atmosphere, ocean-atmosphere and land-ocean (rivers) interactions is expected. In particular, discussions of advantages and disadvantages of regional climate system models are encouraged.
  • Session 3: Extreme and high impact events. Studies of all kind of extremes using coupled models are welcome. The focus of the session will be on the basic scientific understanding of high impact events, and on assessing impacts on key areas with different adaptation potential.
  • Session 4: Climate change impact studies and uncertainty assessments of projections using coupled model simulations. Dynamical downscaling of Earth System Models, multi-model ensemble studies, and multi-stressor approaches are expected.


For further information

More information and details of registration, abstract submission and logistics can be found at the workshop website.