World Climate Research Program award

The researcher from the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (IMEDEA, UIB-CSIC) Gabriel Jordà has been awarded at the Annual Conference of the World Climate Research Program (WCRP Open Science Conference) for his scientific contribution on the variability of the Mediterranean under differentgreenhouse gas emissions scenarios.

The Annual Conference of the World Climate Research Program was held in Denver, Colorado, October 24 to 28, 2011. Its aim is to improve understanding, prediction and the ability to cope with climate variations that occur naturally and with human-influenced change. These variations have occurred every season since centuries ago throughout the world. The scientific poster of Gabriel Jordà was one of 60 winners from more than 500 submitted by students and young scientists from 86 countries.

Some conclusions from the study suggest that the expected changes in air pressure will decrease sea levels, especially in winter. Jordà states that “the maximum effect will be a decrease of about 8 cm at the end of the century in winter and under the high emissions scenario. This ‘beneficial’ effect in pressure changes is much lower than is the rise expected due to other factors such as global warming and the melting of the polar areas (about 40-60 cm rise)”.

The research also analyzes the extreme events that cause, among other things, coastal flooding and erosion on the beaches. In this sense, a decrease of 50 percent in the number of extreme events is expected, but there is a possibility that some of these phenomena have more impact than currently, that is, one would expect fewer episodes but more intense ones.

Dr. Gabriel Jordà has participated in 17 research projects, has directed a doctoral thesis and published a total of 20 scientific publications. Currently, the research group in which he participates, led by Dr. Damia Gomis, coordinates and develops two major research projects sea levels: first, VANIMEDAT2, dedicated to marine scenario generation for the twenty-first century in the Mediterranean, funded by the National R & D Plan of the Ministry of Science and Innovation, and, on the other hand, the project ESCENARIS, dedicated to the development, validation and application of ocean models, funded by the AEMET.

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