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Source: Forschungszentrum JulichUniversities Bonn and Cologne and Forschungszentrum Jülich establish Center for Earth System Observation and Computational Analysis (CESOC)

Jülich, October 1, 2020 – The University of Bonn, the University of Cologne and the Research Center Jülich have founded a joint center for Earth System Observation and Computational Analysis (CESOC). This creates an internationally visible focus in the Rhineland to observe the Earth system globally, to understand it comprehensively and to predict changes.

In times of global environmental changes, it is important to deepen knowledge about the diverse processes of the terrestrial climate system. A precise description of the interactions between atmosphere, ocean, ice, soil, vegetation and ultimately humans is the prerequisite for better weather and climate models. Observation of the earth plays a central role here, because if you do not observe comprehensively, you cannot make precise predictions. Together you can see more: (from left) Prof. Susanne Crewell, Prof. Astrid Kiendler-Scharr and Prof. Jürgen Kusche on the north tower of the main university building in Bonn Copyright: Barbara Frommann / Uni Bonn This is where the Center for Earth Science Observations and Computational Analysis comes in. It brings together important core competencies at the three locations Bonn, Cologne and Jülich. Meteorology, atmospheric chemistry, hydrology, climatology and paleoclimatology, soil sciences and near-surface geophysics, plant and agricultural sciences, geodesy, remote sensing, geoinformatics as well as mathematics, scientific computing and computer science are represented. The two mathematical and natural science faculties in Cologne and Bonn as well as the agricultural faculty and two transdisciplinary research areas of the University of Bonn are involved. At Forschungszentrum Jülich, institutes for energy and climate research, bio- and geosciences as well as the Jülich Supercomputing Center (JSC) are part of the new center. The rectors of the two universities, the deans of the faculties involved and the chairman of the board of the Forschungszentrum Jülich now have the cooperation agreement signed that seals the foundation of the new CESOC. The founding directors were Prof. Jürgen Kusche from the University of Bonn, Prof. Susanne Crewell from the University of Cologne and Prof. Astrid Kiendler-Scharr from the Jülich Research Center. The CESOC office will be set up at the University of Bonn. In the CESOC, research approaches should be transdisciplinary in the future, emphasizes founding director Prof. Susanne Crewell: “In order to better understand weather and climate, we not only need the atmosphere, but all adjacent areas such as soil and plants , Look at the ocean, etc. and understand how they interact with the atmosphere. ” Such processes are extremely complex, and describing them using computer simulation is a major challenge for science, emphasizes Prof. Astrid Kiendler-Scharr from Forschungszentrum Jülich: “In order to be able to describe the variously interacting processes, you need mathematics, computer science, ‘Big Data ‘, optimization, data analysis, artificial intelligence and, last but not least, extremely powerful supercomputers like the ones we have in Jülich. Advances in computer development will help us to overcome current simplifications and parameterizations in the models and open up the possibility of simulating processes according to their fundamental physical and chemical relationships. ”Founding director Prof. Jürgen Kusche says:“ Together, our three locations form a ‘super -Competence center ‘with international appeal. We complement each other perfectly in research, teaching and development. On this basis, we are an attractive partner for strategic alliances and joint cutting-edge research. ” This applies all the more in the event that Germany is successful with its application for the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), which would then take its seat on the Rhine. Tamara Zieschang from the Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure responsible for the application explains: “With the European programs ‘Copernicus’ and ‘digital Earth’ we want to achieve a better understanding of our climate system. We have suggested the Bonn location for this, as the required high level of technical expertise is available there and the location in Europe is ideal. That gives us an excellent starting position for the decision of the member states in December 2020. ”The CESOC works beyond the Rhineland metropolitan region, but also internally. It will promote excellent research and innovative methods as well as young scientists in the environmental and natural sciences and related fields. Lectures, workshops and conferences should inspire the exchange. Joint courses of study are also planned for the two participating universities. Further information: Institute for Energy and Climate Research, Troposphere Department (IEK-8) Institute for Energy and Climate Research, Stratosphere Department (IEK-7) Institute for Bio- and Geosciences, Agrosphere Department (IBG-3) Jülich Supercomputing Center (JSC) Contact: Prof. Jürgen KuscheInstitute for Geodesy and Geoinformation (IGG) University of BonnTel. +49 228 73-2629 Email: kusche@uni-bonn.deProf. Susanne CrewellInstitute for Geophysics and Meteorology (IGM) University of Cologne Tel. +49 221 470-5286E-Mail: susanne.crewell@uni-koeln.deProf. Astrid Kiendler-Scharr Institute for Energy and Climate Research, Troposphere Division (IEK-8) Research Center JülichTel. +49 2461 61-4185E-Mail: a.kiendler-scharr@fz-juelich.dePress contact: Erhard Zeiss, Press Officer, Research Center JülichTel .: 02461 61-1841E-Mail: e.zeiss@fz-juelich.de

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