Focus Climate Initiative - FATES: anticipate climatic changes and their consequences

  • 05.11.2014

Under the Climate Initiative, the BNP Paribas Foundation’s support programme for climate change research, a further five scientific projects run by laboratories of international stature were selected this year for Foundation support. Now, until 7 November you have the opportunity to vote for your favourite project from among these five. The project team that garners the most votes will receive an additional grant of €50,000 for the purpose of promoting and highlighting their research work among the general public. Each week, find out more about one project of the Climate Initiative.

The FATES project: FAst Climate Changes, New Tools to Understand and Simulate the Evolution of the Earth System

Computer climate models are the only tools available to gauge the speed of future changes to the climate. It is therefore very important to assess whether these models are accurate. In order to achieve this, the FATES project will study the natural global warming that took place at the end of the most recent glacial period, some 20,000 to 10,000 years ago, its major impacts including the growth of the European forests.

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If the FATES project team obtain the most votes, what are they planning to do with the extra financial grant?

Co-developing the first climate change game

In order to highlight climate change issues in a fun way, the FATES project team is planning to develop a novel game. It will be based on interactions over time between the climate, the environment and Man, setting out potential future scenarios. Designed to play with your family, the game will also be of practical use for training and educational purposes, and will additionally be available in a 'tabletop' version linked to a web platform. The game will be co-developed with volunteer online gamers. The extra funding will be used to implement an interactive website to develop the game and test the prototypes. On completion of the project, the game will be distributed to a wide audience.

Main laboratories involved: the Laboratory for Climate and Environmental Sciences (LSCE), a joint research unit set up by the French National Scientific Research Centre (CNRS), the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin; the GEOsciences Laboratory at the University of Paris-Sud, supported by the CNRS; the Environmental, Systems and Evolution (ESE) Laboratory at the University of Paris-Sud, supported by the CNRS; the Centre for the Natural History of Modern Societies (CHCSC) at the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin; leading French graduate school of engineering ENSTA at ParisTech;  LMD (Laboratory of Dynamic Meteorology); French modelling and computer simulation unit Maison de la Simulation; the SOLEIL French national Synchotron facility; LATMOS, the Laboratory for Atmosphere, Environment and Space Observation; PRINTEMPS, a Sociology research unit at the University of Versailles Saint Quentin; and the Institut Pierre Simon Laplace (IPSL).