Below you find the complete list of Tier-1-projects since the start of the regular project application programme.

17 Projects found Earth sciences

Long-term hindcast climate simulation over Antarctica, using the coupled COSMO-CLM² model

Date: 01.07.2017
  • Promotor(s): Alexandra Gossart , Niels Souverijns
  • Institution(s): KU Leuven
  • Domain(s): Earth sciences
Precipitation and clouds play a key role in the Earth’s climate system. Clouds are an essential component for precipitation, which is the only source of mass over the Antarctic ice sheet. Despite the importance of Antarctic precipitation and clouds, their representation in climate models remains problematic. This is unfortunate, as variations in precipitation will largely determine the contribution of the Antarctic ice sheet to sea level rise. This project aims at understanding the different components of the surface mass balance by combining a set of ground-based observations together with climate model simulations at high resolution. As these terms are largely unknown, this will highly enhance understanding of ice sheet dynamics and sea level rise.

CORDEX.be high-resolution climate runs with ALARO-0

Date: 01.11.2016
  • Promotor(s): Piet Termonia
  • Institution(s): UGent
  • Domain(s): Earth sciences
This project carries out regional high-resolution climate runs for Europe and Belgium. We use the ALARO-0 model that has been developed by the European ALADIN consortium and has been validated recently (Giot et al. 2016, doi:10.5194/gmd-9-1143-2016)., The model is run following the most recent scenarios put forth by the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Research (IPCC). In this project, we simulate the past climate and the so-called RCP 2.6, RCP 4.5 and RCP 8.5 scenarios for the period 2005-2100. The resulting data will be submitted to the CORDEX climate archive and made available for further climate research and to aid policy makers.

Ab initio prediction of temperature-dependent acoustic anisotropy of iron in the Earth’s inner core

Date: 01.07.2016
  • Promotor(s): Jan Jaeken
  • Institution(s): UGent
  • Domain(s): Earth sciences , Physics
What we know about the deep interior of the Earth stems mostly from the study of seismic waves traveling through the planet with every earthquake. The specific velocities of these waves can tell us a great deal of the structure and composition of the layers deep within. The inner core of our planet consists mostly of iron, though some uncertainties remain concerning the presence of impurities and the specific structure of the material at such pressures and temperatures. In this project, we use quantum simulations to determine sound velocities and their anisotropies for these Fe-based alloys under pressures and temperatures that cannot be achieved in a lab. Planetologists can use this information for making better models of the elastic behaviour of the Earth and Earth-like exoplanets.

UGent EURO-CORDEX climate runs

Date: 01.07.2016
  • Promotor(s): Piet Termonia
  • Institution(s): UGent
  • Domain(s): Earth sciences
This project carries out regional high-resolution climate runs for Europe. We use the ALARO-0 model that has been developed by the European ALADIN consortium and has been validated recently (Giot et al. 2016, doi:10.5194/gmd-9-1143-2016)., The model is run following the most recent scenarios put forth by the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Research (IPCC). In this project, we compute the so-called RCP 2.6, RCP 4.5 and the RCP 8.5 scenarios for the period 2005-2100 complementing the existing climate data that has been computed for the past. The resulting data will be submitted to the CORDEX climate archive and made available for further climate research.

UGent EURO-CORDEX climate runs

Date: 01.03.2016
  • Promotor(s): Piet Termonia
  • Institution(s): UGent
  • Domain(s): Earth sciences
This project carries out regional climate runs for Europe. We use the ALARO model that has been developed by the European ALADIN consortium and has been validated recently (Giot et al. 2015, doi:10.5194/gmdd-8-8387-2015). The model is run following the most recent scenarios put forth by the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Research (IPCC). In this project will compute the so-called RCP 2.6, RCP 4.5 and the RCP 8.5 for the period 2010-2100 complementing the existing climate data that has been computed for the past. The resulting data will be submitted to the CORDEX climate Archive and made available for further climate research.