Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC)

The Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC) is a non-profit research institution established in 2005, with the financial support of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research. CMCC manages and promotes scientific and applied activities in the field of international climate change research. The Center has been  fully operative since 2006.

The Adriatic Forecasting System (AFS) is a joint effort between CMCC and INGV. Based on POM model, AFS was implemented in Bologna at INGV since 2003. Lately, the forecasting system has been ported and validated by CMCC and is now running on the supercomputers at Lecce premises, with further improvements of the code. The operational chain provides 7 days forecasts for the Adriatic Sea and sub-areas, for the following variables: temperature, salinity, currents, sea surface height, stress wind, heat flux. Moreover, the system provides the vertical profile of the whole Adriatic Sea, displaying the variations in temperature and salinity for the area of interest.

CMCC has contributed together with INGV, OC-UCY and CNR-IAMC to the development of the MEDSLIK-II model, a freely available community model designed to be used to predict the transport and weathering of an oil spill, using a Lagrangian representation of the oil slick.

CMCC is also funding member of the consortium for the development of the Biogeochemical Flux Model (BFM) a numerical model for the simulation of the dynamics of major biogeochemical properties in marine ecosystems.

CMCC is responsible for the research activities and the distribution of ocean model products in the SeaConditions service. SeaConditions is a public service providing oceanographic, sea state and weather at sea. Forecasts concerning the Mediterranean Sea are produced by numerical models using satellite observations and in situ data (e.g. opportunity ships and buoys). The computation is based on state-of-the-art ocean models, delivering detailed information with high spatial and temporal resolution. Forecasts for a time-span of 5 days, with a time resolution of 3 and 6 hours, are produced. SeaConditions is a product of the TESSA project, executed by CMCC, Istituto per l’Ambiente Marino e Costiero (IAMC-CNR) and Links s.p.a., which has realized the system for web publication of the forecasts. SeaConditions is in social media: and twitter (@SeaConditions). There is also related apps: IOS – and android

CMCC can be found in social media. For Facebook: and twitter: @CmccClimate.