Welcome to PRIMAVERA

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PRIMAVERA (PRocess-based climate sIMulation: AdVances in high-resolution modelling and European climate Risk Assessment) is a proposal which has been successful in being funded from the European Commission Horizon 2020 call “SC5-1-2014: Advanced Earth-system models”.

There are 19 European groups involved in PRIMAVERA. The project is led by Dr Malcolm Roberts from the Met Office Hadley Centre and Prof. Pier Luigi Vidale from NCAS (National Centre for Atmospheric Science)-Climate at the University of Reading.

PRIMAVERA's objectives are:

  1. To develop a new generation of global high-resolution climate models.
  2. To develop new strategies and tools for evaluating global high-resolution climate models at a process level, and for quantifying the uncertainties in the predictions of regional climate.
  3. To provide new high-resolution protocols and flagship simulations for the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP)’s Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP6) project, to inform the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessments and in support of emerging Climate Services.
  4. To explore the scientific and technological frontiers of capability in global climate modelling to provide guidance for the development of future generations of prediction systems, global climate and Earth System models (informing post-CMIP6 and beyond).
  5. To advance understanding of past and future, natural and anthropogenic, drivers of variability and changes in European climate, including high impact events, by exploiting new capabilities in high-resolution global climate modelling.
  6. To produce new, more robust and trustworthy projections of European climate for the next few decades based on improved global models and advances in process understanding.
  7. To engage with targeted end-user groups in key European economic sectors to strengthen their competitiveness, growth, resilience and ability by exploiting new scientific progress.
  8. To establish cooperation between science and policy actions at European and international level, to support the development of effective climate change policies, optimize public decision making and increase capability to manage climate risks.

Embedded within the proposal is the plan for HighResMIP for CMIP6 (led by Rein Haarsma, KNMI), to involve both the European groups within PRIMAVERA and other world-leading groups on high resolution climate modelling. This plan has been submitted to WGCM and can be found at:, with working documents at

This high resolution work follows on from a variety of individual European and international projects, including UK global high resolution simulations on PRACE, Project Athena, global high resolution climate simulations, EC-Earth global climate modelling, MPI high resolution climate modelling STORM project, HiResClim project.

Please note: These web pages are not currently being maintained; project partners will find the project web pages and working wiki accessible via

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