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March 2016
The CCI-CMUG 6th Integration meeting was hosted on 14-16 March at Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich. The integration meeting demonstrated applications being developed for CCI-CMUG datasets, and assessed the potential for future applications. It also reviewed Phase 2 project activities, and strengthened links between CCI and other climate initiatives.  Access the presentations here. [24-03-2016]

January 2016
Newsletter No. 6 (January 2016) is available here.

December 2015
CMUG attended the COP21 climate change meeting in Paris in December 2015. Patricia Cadule from IPSL (pictured right with Pascal Lecomte, centre, and Cat Downy, left) attended the event providing a CMUG perspective of climate observations research. Pascal Lecomte, Head of the ESA Climate Office at the European Space Agency, led the side event which provided information on CCI datasets to support understanding of the climate system which underpins the COP21 negotiations and its subsequent agreements. See the CCI Twitter feed for 5th December at


28 September 2015
CMUG attended the CCI colocation meeting at the ESA ESRIN office from 28 September to 1 October 2015. CMUG researchersfrom the UK Met Office, SMHI and IPSL attended the meeting and gave presentations on CMUG results and scientific research opportunities over the next few years. Read more about the meeting here.

25 September 2015
CMUG Deliverables 3.1 Quality Assessment Report which assesses the quality of the CCI Climate Data Records has been published and is available here.

19 August 2015
An Overview Newsletter outlining project activities to date is available here.

19 August 2015
An Overview Newsletter outlining project activities to date is available here.

25 June 2015
The latest Newsletter No. 5 (June issue)is available here.

28 May 2015
CMUG fifth Integration Meeting was held at the SMHI office in Norrkoping, Sweden, 26-28 May 2015. The meeting, which was attended by 65 scientists, examined CCI's current gridded climate observation datasets , their validation by the CMUG climate modelling teams, their application in climate research, and their potential use in Copernicus Climate Change Services. Presentations from the meeting are available here.

15 October 2014
CMUG presentation at CCI session at the Darmstadt Climate Symposium - Roger Saunders (Met Office) CMUG Science Lead co-chaired the CCI Session at this international event.

30 June 2014
On the 1st July 2014 CMUG announced a successful end to Phase 1 and started work on Phase 2. This second phase of the CMUG contribution to the ESA CCI programme gives CMUG researchers an opportunity to apply the CCI data sets in coordinated modelling experiments and to show the utility of CCI datasets to the climate reserach community.

3 June 2014
CMUG held its fourth Integration Meeting at the Met Office HQ, Exeter, UK, 2-3 June 2014. The meeting showcased the gridded climate observation datasets produced in Phase 1of the CCI programme and demonstrated their utility to the climate modelling, renalysis and research community. Meeting information is available.

1 April 2014
A report summarising CMUG resultson its analysis of CCI Phase 1 data was published. This report runs to 93 pages and describes the CMUG assessment of nine ECVs and what this means for researchers who intend to use CCI data. The report is available on line.

4 February 2014
Researchers from CMUG attended the CCI Colocation meeting at Frascati, Italy, 4-6th February. Information about the meeting including presentation of CMUG results is here on the ESA website.

12 September 2013
The fourth CMUG newsletter can be found here and describes highlights from recently published scientific papers and other project deliverables. It gives an overview of the CMUG led third CCI Integration Meeting, Hamburg 3-5 June, and information on forthcoming events in 2013 at which CMUG results will be presented.

11 September 2013
CMUG participation at the ESA Living Planet Symposium. This symposium occurs every 4 years and this year was held in Edinburgh, Scotland. Roger Saunders, science lead for the CMUG gave a presentation on the work of CMUG in the CCI and it's relevance to climate researchers.

03 June 2013
The third CMUG Integration meeting took place June 3-6 at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg.  Keynote speakers included David Lary (University of Texas), Colin Jones (SMHI) and Sonia Seneviratne (ETHZ). Meeting information, presentations and outputs are available here.

May 2013
CMUG scientists at ECMWF and MPI-M published four reports on ECV precursor assessment. Deliverables D3.1_1C: Cross precursor assessment on Soil Moisture, Land Cover and Fire; D3.3: Technical Note on the use of uncertainty in models and reanalysis; D3.4: Technical Note on the role of Reanalysis in the production and quality assessment of CDRs; and D3.5: Technical Note on the status of ECMWF Climate Monitoring Database facility. All are available on the ECV project page.

7 May 2013
CMUG scientist at MPI-M publishes a paper examining the impact of variations in terrestrial ECVs for different climate applications. The study is on the Sahelian drought and subsequent recovery in precipitation and vegetation, using observations of precipitation, surface albedo, vegetation index, and ocean indices. Link to full article.

15 April 2013
CMUG scientists contributed to 4th Working Group on Numerical Experimentation (WGNE), to be held in Exeter, UK, from 15-19 April, 2013.  Presentations included an overview of CMUG contributions to the CCI (R. Saunders), "Quantitative Evaluation of the Seasonal Variations in Climate Model Cloud Regimes" (Y. Tsushima et al.), and "Solar radiation biases over the Southern Ocean in CMIP5 models" (A. Bodas-Salcedo et al.). 

14 February 2013
CMUG scientist co-authors paper on assimilating GlobColour ocean colour data into a physical-biogeochemical ocean model. Published in Ocean Science Discussions, this paper investigates any potential improvements to model error and biases through assimilation of GlobColour data into the FOAM-HadOCC ocean model.  Full paper can be found on the Ocean Science Discussions website.

28 January 2013
CMUG scientists from MPI-M have performed an extensive assessment of the soil moisture ECV.  This assessment, which can be found here, evaluates potential applications of the precursor CCI soil moisture dataset, derived from satellite observations, within the climate modelling community (specifically, model evaluation and development).  Analysis of long-term soil moisture data across various datasets is performed to assess potential uses in future climate studies.

14 January 2013
The third CMUG newsletter can be found here.  It contains a detailed summary of the recently completed ECV Soil Moisture assessment, in addition to highlights from recently published scientific papers and other project deliverables.  The CCI 2012 Colocation Meeting and Mid Term Review are also summarised, followed by forthcoming CMUG events in 2013.

12 December 2012
CMUG scientists are co-authors on a paper about the CCI. The Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS) will shortly publish a paper on the CCI including descriptions of the CMUG and its role in the CCI. The paper will be available in early 2013 from the BAMS website.

24 September 2012
Third ESA CCI Colocation Meeting and Mid Term Review meetings were held in Frascati, Italy.  Scientists from the CMUG and all 13 ECV projects discussed their contribution to the CCI, along with any recent progress and initial results.  In conjunction, a comprehensive external review of all CCI projects, including the CMUG, was carried out by delegates from the 15 countries which fund the CCI. Meeting outputs including CMUG presentations are available here.

14 May 2012
The second CCI Integration Meeting was held at MétéoFrance, Toulouse, on the 14-16 May, and was organised by the CMUG. Key note speakers described current research on the climate system, including knowledge gaps. Leaders of the CCI projects then demonstrated through presentations and discussion groups how the CCI data sets under production will help address these research questions.

5 December 2011
ESA presented the CCI project at the UNFCCC COP-17 meeting in Durban in December 2012. ESA held a side event along with the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the South African Space Agency (SANSA) on sustaining systematic climate observations from space including the CCI.

12 October 2011
CMUG experts participated in the ESA CCI project meeting held at the ESA ESRIN office in Frascati, Italy, 12-14 October. Meeting outputs, including CMUG presentations are available here.

1 October 2011
Our second Newsletter can be found here. It contains background information on CMUG as well as some information on our partners.

2 May 2011
CLIVAR programme has published a special issue of its Exchange Newsletter (No. 56, Vol. 16, No. 2, May 2011) on the subject of CMIP-5: the WCRP Coupled Model Intercomparison Project - Phase 5. This includes an article on pages 47-48 about CMUG and the work it is doing.

4 December 2010
The head of CMUG, Roger Saunders, gave a presentation on CMUG at an ESA side event at COP-16 in Cancun, Mexico.

1 November 2010
Our first Newsletter can be found here. It contains information about the project plans and research areas, as well as a summary of climate modellers' requirements gathered by CMUG for the CCI. It also describes some of the team members.

1 May 2010
Article about CMUG in the WCRP GEWEX newsletter describing the programme and its anticipated results.


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