Simulations, observations and palaeoclimate data: Verifying climate models over the last 500 years.


Project timeline
November 2002
42 months
April 2006
General Information
SOAP aims to provide a state-of-the-art quantitative description of the variability and causes of variability of Northern Hemisphere climate, over the last five centuries. It will investigate the behaviour of important regional systems as well as hemisperically-integrated changes, and quantify the changing influences of natural and anthropogenic climate forcings, using an integrated study of palaeoclimate proxies and carefully prescribed general circulation model (GCM) experiments. Another major objective is to establish the realibility of GCM simulations of natural climate variability, and hence gain additional insights into the uncertainty of model-based anthropogenic climate change detection studies. This will provide a more secure basis from which to assess the likelihood of future abrupt and unusual climate changes. The project will also undertake this assessment.
EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaFP5-EESD-2001, Key action 2: Global change, Climate and Biodiversity, Climate change predictions and scenarios (1.1.4.-2.1.3)
Project TypeRTD
Contract NumberEVK2-CT-2002-00160
Co-ordinatorUniversity of East Anglia (UK)
Total Eligible Costs (€) HZG Eligible Costs (€) EC Funding for HZG (€)
Contact Person at HZG Dr. Julie Jones, Institute for Coastal Research, KSP - actual contact: Dr. Eduardo Zorita, Institute of Coastal Research, KS Phone: +49-4152-87 1856
E-mail contact
Worldwide Europe

CNRS (FR), Freie Universität Berlin (DE), Université de Droit d'Economie et des Sciences d'Aix-Marseille (FR), University of Bern (CH), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (NL)
SOAP website

(completed May 2006)

Last Update: 15. May 2017