Ouranos and Centre de recherche informatique de Montréal (CRIM)
The earth’s climate is changing. Researchers, policy makers, and practitioners of all kinds have been using climate models’ outputs for decades to understand the fundamental processes driving this change and to predict what aspects of our climate will be affected when, and by how much.
The latest climate models create three-dimensional representations of our climate based on long-term changes in numerous drivers, such as greenhouse gas levels, the sun’s output, aerosols concentrations, and volcanic eruptions. These models create massive datasets that form the basis of climate projections and help predict our environmental future. As models become more sophisticated with increased resolution and as more global research institutions contribute new algorithms, models, and measurements, managing climate data becomes a challenge that steals precious time away from critical research. This is why Quebec-based Ouranos, a consortium on regional climatology and adaptation to climate change, partnered with the Computer Research Institute of Montreal (CRIM) to create an innovative research software platform to streamline climate science research.