Friday, June 29, 2012

Modeling the past climate to improve the future

Recognizing that to predict the future, nothing better than revisiting the past, Phillipe Navaux presented at the CHAIN-​​GISELA Conference the idea of ​​a data repository with the climate activity of the last ten years in Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Uruguay. The idea is supported in the draft GBRAMS AMSUD project seeking to create tools for large-scale weather computing in this part of the region.
The LAGClima application and the creation of a computational Grid are the objectives of this collaboration generated between universities of the involved countries, together with France. The project uses the BRAMS application, an open software developed in Brazil to model weather conditions, inspired in RAMS (Regional Atmospheric Modeling), created in Colorado, USA. "We must build capacity to use local tools and methodologies," said Navaux.
The initiative would record a series of important data for studies of hydrology, weather predictions, predict natural disasters and other activities favorable to agriculture and urban development in the midst of a potential international network of specialists in this field.
The involved countries have already created the Grid for these purposes. Navaux said to be open to integrate efforts with the GISELA Project and the new Science Gateway environment for access to data derived from this project as well as other possibilities for working together. "We have common objectives."

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