Article published on 15 December 2016

The consortium :

To reach the objectives of the project, the consortium gathers applied mathematicians, radiative transfer experts, climate and atmosphere modeling experts, which guarantees a real and significant outcome of the project in state-of-the-art global weather forecast and climate models.The collaborations among the different partners are already active. Two of the three partners (IPSL/LMD and CNRM) have been working together for more than a decade now. This fruitful and ongoing collaboration already resulted in (i) many developments of the boundary-layer parameterizations in the French models with in particular a new paradigm for the representation of convective boundary layers and (ii) new methodologies to assess parameterizations using advanced comparisons between SCM simulations and LES. The project heavily relies on those pioneer works. The link between the LMD team and LAPLACE team is also well established and resulted in particular in the development of radiative transfer codes for the atmospheres of planets Mars and Venus. The link with Daniel Williamson from Exeter University (an attached scientist to IPSL/LMD) has been established through an international workshop on tuning that occurs last year. HIGH-TUNE will contribute to reinforce the international efforts around the tuning issue.

CNRM :Centre National de Recherches Météorologiques, Toulouse, UMR 3589
The Centre National de Recherches Météorologiques (CNRM) at Toulouse is a joint
laboratory of Météo-France and CNRS (UMR3589). It has a recognized expertise in atmospheric modelling,in terms of meteorological weather forecast and climate prediction as well as physical processes understanding and parameterizations. The Meso-NH research model, conjointly developed by CNRM and the Laboratoire d’aérologie, is widely used in the mesoscale process studies carried out by the lab, including for carrying out Large-Eddy Simulation (LES) of boundary layer and clouds. The CNRM is also in charge of the development of the Météo-France model suite (AROME, ARPEGE) used for operational meteorological forecasts and climate model predictions.

LMD : Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique, Paris, UMR 8539
Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique (UMR8539 CNRS/IPSL/UPMC/X/ENS) is a leading laboratory in the theory, observation and numerical modelling of atmospheric dynamics and physics. It has a strong expertise in atmospheric radiation, in particular for remote sensing and numerical modelling of other planetary atmospheres. The team involved in the project, hosted by University Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC), is in charge of the development of the general circulation model LMDZ, the atmospheric component of the coupled ocean-atmosphere model and Earth-System-Model of Institut Pierre Simon Laplace (IPSL). The activity around LMDZ is characterized by a long term investment on the physical parameterizations of boundary layer processes, convection and clouds and their role in the uncertainties and confidence in climate change projections.

LAPLACE : Laboratoire Plasma et Conversion d’Energie, Toulouse, UMR 5213
Laboratoire PLAsma and Conversion d’Energie (UMR5213/UPS/INP) is the first French concentration of research in the field of Electrical Engineering and Plasma nationally with 160 fulltime researchers and a similar number of PhD students and postdocs. Within LAPLACE, the research activities of GREPHE (Groupe de Recherche Energétique, Plasma et Hors-Equilibre) lie at the interface between engineering, physics and fundamental; technological issues are also addressed. Most of the physical systems that are studied are non-equilibrium or far from equilibrium. Modelling and simulation are an essential part of the group’s activities and the group has developed an expertise in the modelling of non equilibrium plasmas (for a wide variety of applications) and radiation transport.