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PRIMAVERA is a Horizon 2020 project funded by European Commission. It started in November 2015 with a Kick-Off meeting held jointly with the CRESCENDO project, and it runs until October 2019. The project is a collaboration between 19 European partners, led by the UK Met Office and Reading University. Its aim is to develop a new generation of advanced and well-evaluated high-resolution global climate models, capable of simulating and predicting regional climate with unprecedented fidelity, for the benefit of governments, business and society in general.

PRIMAVERA is organised around five major research themes: 1. Innovations in Modelling, 2. Process-based Assessment, 3. Drivers of European Climate, 4. Flagship Simulations for CMIP6, and 5. Climate Risk Assessment. The results will help answer questions like to what extent are recent heat waves, floods and droughts in Europe attributable to natural variability or human influences on the global climate system? How will the risk of such high impact climate and weather events change over the next few decades?

The project will build on European research experience, for example using High Performance Computing developed in other projects (PRACE-UPSCALE, PRACE-HiResClim, Athena), coordinated via the IS-ENES2 project on infrastructure development. It will make coordinated use of European high-resolution GCMs to generate projections to 2050. End-user engagement will encourage critical interpretation of the scientific results for the co-design of climate scenarios.