Climate Modelling

The CaSToRC Climate Modelling group conducts research in the forefront of:
i) geophysical model development, code optimization and porting to new architectures,
ii) model applications in the regional and global domains through computational simulations and
iii) the management, analysis and visualization of climate and atmospheric model generated data.

The CaSToRC Climate Modelling Group also aims to strengthen the scientific activities of other research groups across the thematic agenda of CyI by providing atmospheric modelling support.

The CaSToRC Climate Modelling group is a member of the multi-institutional consortium that oversees the continuous development, licensing and usage of the ECHAM/MESSy (EMAC) Earth System Model. The group aims to port and optimize the EMAC Atmospheric Climate-Chemistry Model for the next generation of supercomputing platforms and new technologies (GPU, Intel Xeon Phi accelerators).

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Figure 1 Emission, transport and deposition of radioactive aerosols after the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident.

The Group is a key participant in the VI-SEEM EU Horizon 2020 project that aims to create a unified Virtual Research Environment for South Eastern Europe and Eastern Mediterranean, as leader of the Climate Scientific Community.

Within the ESCIMo initiative, chemistry-climate-simulations are conducted for special topics related to the international IGAC/SPARC Chemistry-Climate Modelling Initiative (CCMI). These simulations are carried out in support of upcoming WMO/UNEP ozone and IPCC climate assessments. The Cyprus Institute Climate Modelling Group is using the simulation results to carry out proposed analyses in cooperation with scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry.

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Figure 2 Regional atmospheric dust concentration and circulation pattern during April 2016 dust event over Cyprus.

The group cooperates with the Cyprus Meteorological Dept. on weather research and forecasting on the CyI Cy-Tera supercomputer, on scientific and public data portals, the Dept. of Labor Inspection on chemical weather prediction, air quality forecast and pollution monitoring, and has developed research activity on risk and impact assessment for pollution emissions, atmospheric emissions from accidents and emergencies and the effects of climate change on human health.


Related Projects

VI-SEEM; DEEP; EMAC Model Consortium; ESCiMo (CCMI); LinkSCEEM 1&2


Key Partners

Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (Germany)
Cyprus Department of Meteorology (Cyprus)
National Center for Supercomputing Applications (USA)


CyI People

T. Christoudias, M. Alvanos, Y. Proestos, G. Georgiou


Selected Publications