ICES Core Network members

Group on Earth Observations Switzerland

GEO is coordinating efforts to build a Global Earth Observation System of Systems, or GEOSS. GEO was launched in response to calls for action by the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development and by the G8 (Group of Eight) leading industrialized countries. These high-level meetings recognized that international collaboration is essential for exploiting the growing potential of Earth observations to support decision making in an increasingly complex and environmentally stressed world. GEO is a voluntary partnership of governments and international organizations. It provides a framework within which these partners can develop new projects and coordinate their strategies and investments. As of October 2010, GEO’s Members include 84 Governments and the European Commission.

Global Data Lab Holland

The Global Data Lab develops databases and instruments for monitoring and analyzing the status and progress of societies.

Open Topography Global

OpenTopography facilitates community access to high-resolution, Earth science-oriented, topography data, and related tools and resources.

Concord Consortium USA

Today's learners, especially the most underserved, deserve to build strong futures in a complex world. We're dedicated to advancing STEM inquiry through technology to equip learners and empower lives.

Internationa Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) UK

IIED is a policy and action research organisation. We promote sustainable development to improve livelihoods and protect the environments on which these livelihoods are built. We specialise in linking local priorities to global challenges.


DOE's E3SM is a state-of-the-science Earth system model development and simulation project to investigate energy-relevant science using code optimized for DOE's advanced computers

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Global

The World Meteorological Organization Headquarters in Geneva. IPCC Secretariat is hosted by WMO The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the leading international body for the assessment of climate change. It was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1988 to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of knowledge in climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic impacts. In the same year, the UN General Assembly endorsed the action by WMO and UNEP in jointly establishing the IPCC.

Center for Ocean, Land, & Atmosphere Studies USA

By consolidating several research grants from three different federal agencies (NSF, NOAA and NASA), a single, multi-agency, multi-year research project was developed to create a critical mass of scientists working together as a team at COLA on the basic problem of the predictability of the present climate. With continuing multi-agency support, COLA has become a national center of excellence for research on climate variability and predictability. The goal of COLA research is to explore, establish and quantify the predictability and prediction of seasonal to interannual variability of the present climate through the use of state-of-the-art dynamical coupled ocean-atmosphere general circulation models and the development of new techniques for analysis of observational and model data.

World Climate Research Programme Switzerland

The WCRP Mission is to facilitate analysis and prediction of Earth system variability and change for use in an increasing range of practical applications of direct relevance, benefit and value to society. The two overarching objectives of the WCRP are: 1) to determine the predictability of climate; and 2) to determine the effect of human activities on climate

Mitigation and Adaptation Research Institute (MARI) USA

MARI at Old Dominion University is therefore taking a comprehensive view on the syndrome of modern global change and is focusing on the options we have to mitigate the impacts of modern global change, to adapt to the changes, and to prepare for possible futures.

Universities Space Research Association (USRA) USA

USRA is an independent, nonprofit research corporation where the combined efforts of in-house talent and university-based expertise merge to advance space science and technology.

Climate Change Knowledge Portal (CCKP) Global

Global data on historical and future climate, vulnerabilities and data

Climate EO4SD Europe

Earth Observation for Sustainable Development – is a new ESA initiative which aims to achieve a step increase in the uptake of satellite-based environmental information in the IFIs regional and global programs. It will follow a systematic, userdriven approach in order to meet longer-term, strategic geospatial information needs in the individual developing countries, as well as international and regional development organizations.

PAGES (PAst Global ChangES) USA, Swiss

Supports research which aims to understand the Earth’s past environment in order to obtain better predictions of future climate and environment, and inform strategies for sustainability.

Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of Geneva Switzerland

The Institute of Environmental Sciences (ISE) is a new inter-faculty entity of the University of Geneva . The ISE was formally created in March 2009 with the entry into force of the new cantonal law on the University. Already two faculties are involved in this new entity, the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences. The ISE is dedicated to interdisciplinary teaching and research in areas of the environment, climate, energy, water, biodiversity, human ecology, urban planning and governance, and health. The challenge is that of building bridges between the natural and built environment, with topics that affect both the protection of natural resources than those of economic development, social welfare and health governance, policies and security.

PlanetSolar Deepwater Expedition Switzerland

The PlanetSolar DeepWater expedition is exploring the ocean processes that interact with the atmosphere by taking water and air measurements for over 8,000 km along the Gulf Stream.

ENAC: School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering, EPFL Switzerland

School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering Les disciplines regroupées dans la Faculté de l’environnement naturel, architectural et construit (ENAC) sont appelées à trouver des solutions au défi le plus important de notre temps : garantir un cadre de vie durable à l’humanité par une intégration réussie des activités humaines au sein de la biosphère.

Committee on Earth Observation Satellites Global

CEOS ensures international coordination of civil space-based Earth observation programs and promotes exchange of data to optimize societal benefit and inform decision making for securing a prosperous and sustainable future for humankind.

Institute of Global Environment and Society USA

The Institute of Global Environment and Society, Inc. (IGES) - a non-profit, tax exempt research institute, incorporated in the State of Maryland - was established to improve understanding and prediction of the variations of the Earth's climate through scientific research on climate variability and climate predictability, and to share both the fruits of this research and the tools necessary to carry out this research with society as a whole. The staff of IGES includes a dedicated group of scientists uniquely qualified to conduct basic research in these areas. Application of scientific knowledge for the sustainable development of society is an important objective of the Institute.

Joint Global Change Institute USA

The Joint Global Change Research Institute conducts research to advance fundamental understanding of human and Earth systems and provide decision-relevant information for management of emerging global risks and opportunities.

Climate Council Australia

After thousands of Australian's chipped in to Australia's biggest crowd-funding campaign, the abolished Climate Commission has relaunched as the new, independent Climate Council.

RealClimate Global

Climate science from climate scientists

International Centre for Climate Governance (ICCG) Italy

ICCG’s mission consists in disseminating at the local, national and international level science-based and socio-economic research in the field of climate change mitigation and adaptation to policymakers and the general public through interdisciplinary activities, as well as producing climate and energy policy analyses and define optimal governance models to control climate change.

Future Earth Global

Future Earth is the global research platform providing the knowledge and support to accelerate our transformations to a sustainable world.

GEOGLAM Switzerland

The R&D component of GEOGLAM develops monitoring and reporting protocols, tools, and best practices suitable for monitoring the variety of global agricultural systems.

Climate Services Centre Germany

Initiated by the German Government, the Climate Service Center (CSC) is a fundamental part of the german hightech-strategy for climate protection. The CSC is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. It is furthermore supported by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety as well as by the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development.

World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS) Switzerland

In close collaboration with the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) and the Global Land Ice Measurements from Space (GLIMS) initiative, the WGMS runs the Global Terrestrial Network for Glaciers (GTN-G) in support of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Global Terrestrial Network - Permafrost (GTN-P) Global

The primary international programme concerned with monitoring permafrost parameters

Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M), Germany

The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) is an internationally renowned institute for climate research. Its goal is to understand the changing climate of our Earth.

Deutsches Klimarechnenzentrum Germany

DKRZ - to provide high performance computing platforms, sophisticated and high capacity data management, and superior service for premium climate science.

International Max Planck Research School on Earth System Modelling (IMPRS) Germany

The Max Planck Society together with the Association of Universities and other German educational institutes initiated the ‘International Max Planck Research Schools’ (IMPRS) to foster innovative and interdisciplinary training of outstanding junior scientists in different research areas.

German Aerospace Center (DLR) Germany

Acting on behalf of the Federal Government, DLR Space Administration designs and implements Germany's Space Program, which integrates all German space activities on the national and European plane.

UK Met Office Hadley Centre UK

The Met Office is a science-led organisation and our success in weather forecasting and climate prediction depends, critically, on having a world-class research programme.

European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts UK

The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF, the Centre) is an intergovernmental organisation supported by 33 States, based in Reading, west of London, in the United Kingdom.

European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) Germany

The main purpose of the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) is to deliver weather and climate-related satellite data, images and products– 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This information is supplied to the National Meteorological Services of the organisation's Member and Cooperating States in Europe, as well as other users world-wide. EUMETSAT is an international organisation and was founded in 1986.

National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration USA

NOAA is an agency that enriches life through science. Our reach goes from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor as we work to keep citizens informed of the changing environment around them. From daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings and climate monitoring to fisheries management, coastal restoration and supporting marine commerce, NOAA’s products and services support economic vitality and affect more than one-third of America’s gross domestic product. NOAA’s dedicated scientists use cutting-edge research and high-tech instrumentation to provide citizens, planners, emergency managers and other decision makers with reliable information they need when they need it.

Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) USA

The Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) develops and uses mathematical models and computer simulations to improve our understanding and prediction of the behavior of the atmosphere, the oceans, and climate.

National Center for Atmospheric Research USA

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is a federally funded research and development center devoted to service, research and education in the atmospheric and related sciences. NCAR’s mission is to understand the behavior of the atmosphere and related physical, biological and social systems; to support, enhance and extend the capabilities of the university community and the broader scientific community – nationally and internationally; and to foster transfer of knowledge and technology for the betterment of life on Earth. The National Science Foundation is NCAR's primary sponsor, with significant additional support provided by other U.S. government agencies, other national governments and the private sector.

Accelerated Climate Modeling for Energy (ACME) USA

The Accelerated Climate Modeling for Energy (ACME) project is a newly launched project sponsored by the Earth System Modeling (ESM) program within U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE’s) Office of Biological and Environmental Research.

Atmospheric Dynamics Modeling Group, University of Michigan USA

Adaptive Mesh Refinement (AMR) techniques for atmospheric GCMs. Development of test cases for dynamical cores of GCMs, model intercomparisons. Modern numerical methods and computational grids for dynamical cores of GCMs. Idealized simulations of the Quasi-Biennial Oscillation (QBO), stratospheric dynamics. Dynamics of tropical cyclones. Subgrid-scale mixing in climate models.

Harvard Atmospheric Chemistry Modeling Group USA

Our goal is to understand the chemical composition of the atmosphere, its perturbation by human activity, and the implications for climate change and life on Earth.

UNH: Institute for the study of Earth, Oceans and Space (EOS) USA

The interdisciplinary Earth, ocean, and space science research at the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS) places it in the forefront of academic centers offering opportunities for students to work alongside distinguished faculty in high-level research projects.

Princeton Cooperative Institute for Climate Science (CICS) USA

CICS provides expertise and performs research in the climate sciences including climate change and variability, and biogeochemical cycles. Through its graduate and postdoctoral and visiting research program, CICS educates and trains future generations of scientists for NOAA and the nation.

Community Surface Dynamic Modeling System (CSDMS) USA

We are a diverse community of experts promoting the modeling of earth surface processes by developing, supporting, and disseminating integrated software modules that predict the movement of fluids, and the flux (production, erosion, transport, and deposition) of sediment and solutes in landscapes and their sedimentary basins.

Geoinformatics and Earth Observation Laboratory USA

The Geoinformatics and Earth Observation Laboratory was established in Spring 2014 to advance GIScience and CyberScience by developing new computational methodologies and CyberInfrastructure solutions for the analysis of geospatial 'big data'. Our focus is on GeoScience and Earth Science problems with high impact to society such as environmental hazards and renewable energy.

European Space Agency Europe

The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. ESA is an international organisation with 18 Member States. By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, it can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration USA

NASA's mission is to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research. To do that, thousands of people have been working around the world -- and off of it -- for 50 years, trying to answer some basic questions. What's out there in space? How do we get there? What will we find? What can we learn there, or learn just by trying to get there, that will make life better here on Earth?

Planet USA

With 175+ satellites in orbit, Planet is able to line scan the Earth, imaging the entirety of Earth’s landmass every single day.

Center for Near Earth Object Studies USA

CNEOS is NASA's center for computing asteroid and comet orbits and their odds of Earth impact.

Blue Marble Space Institute of Science (BMSIS) USA

We are an international community engaged in building a sustainable future and nurturing scientific interest among the public. Our mission is to explore life as a universal phenomenon and empower the next generation of scientists.

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