SPARCCLE is a research project dedicated to understanding risks of climate change to the society and economy of Europe
SPARCCLE will support people, organizations and government make better decisions to reduce risks and build resilience to climate change
SPARCCLE partners are hiring to support our project!
UNIFI is looking for a postdoctoral researcher for 'Machine learning for climate sciences' under the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
The researcher will explore the spatial and temporal variations of societal vulnerabilities to climate extremes at the global scale. For this scope, the researcher will develop novel methodologies by integrating climate datasets, Earth observations and geospatial socioeconomic statistics within an artificial intelligence framework. The combination of these elements will provide an enhanced understanding of the vulnerability dynamics and underlying mechanisms in response to global changes. Outcomes of the research activity will contribute to the identification of hotspot areas highly vulnerable to climate extremes and to the definition of effective adaptation strategies, ultimately contributing to foster the transition to a climate-resilient development.
ETH Zürich is looking for a scientific software developer and statistician to work on climate model emulation. For further information and to apply, click here.
The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) is looking for a Scientific Data Manager in the Inter-Sectoral Impact Model Intercomparison Project. For further information and to apply, click here.
Co-developing knowledge with stakeholders
By engaging policymakers, public and private sector stakeholders, as well as scientific ones, throughout the project the SPARCCLE aims to deliver actionable insights and recommendations (for European, national and local policy makers including the JRC, local authorities, businesses, finance and insurance companies, and the civil society) based on state-of-the-art science.
To ensure this, the project involves iterative activities through the project lifetime with stakeholders, including co-design of scenarios, validation of results, and capacity building activities.
Understanding Europe’s climate risk through stress test scenarios
Stress test scenarios explore the implications of exceptional, yet plausible, changes in risk factors.
SPARCCLE will co-design Stress Test Scenarios with key stakeholders, to explore high impact components of the socioeconomic risks of climate change in Europe.
We will demonstrate and accelerate the application of this established method from the finance community across other sectors.
Working with the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC)
SPARCCLE and JRC have partnered to bilaterally strengthen the work of both in the assessment of socioeconomic risks of climate change.
A number of activities are planned, including specific research on biomass and carbon dioxide removal, granular socioeconomic projections, climate hazards and risk assessment, and integrated assessment of socioeconomic costs and benefits.
State of the art tools, data & analytics
Tools within SPARCCLE have been widely used for over a decade in EU climate and energy policy making and quantitative climate impacts assessment (e.g., PRIMES, GEM-E3, GLOBIOM-G4M, IMAGE, supporting DG CLIMA and DG ENER).
In SPARCCLE they will be extensively improved to more consistently include scenarios of climate change impacts (on the energy and land-use sectors, and socioeconomic development), multi-dimensional vulnerabilities, monetization of climate impacts, cross-sectoral effects, and adaptation measures.