The Changing Water Cycle programme has ten projects with research across a range of spatial scales (global to regional) and with some focussing on particular geographical areas.
The following five projects focus on the UK/European geographical area; these commenced in 2010:
- Using observational evidence and process understanding to improve predictions of extreme rainfall change (CONVEX)
- Hydrological extremes and feedbacks in the changing water cycle (HydEF)
- Hydrological cycle understanding via process-based global detection, attribution and prediction (PAGODA)
- Soil water – climate feedbacks in Europe in the 21st Century (SWELTER-21)
A further five projects focus on South Asia; these projects commenced in 2012:
Current research projects, funded from sources other than the Changing Water Cycle programme but studying related questions, include:
- High resolution global environmental modelling (HiGEM)
- EQUIP – a NERC-funded project bringing together the UK climate modelling, statistical modelling, and impacts communities
- NERC Virtual Observatory
- PREPARE: Projected responses in extreme precipitation and atmospheric radiative energy (NERC). Exploring the control of atmospheric radiative cooling and water vapour on global changes in precipitation and its extremes using global climate models, satellite data and re-analyses.
- CALM: Comparing atmosphere-land surface feedbacks from models within the tropics (NERC, CMIP5 AO) - Looking at the relationships and controls on precipitation over land through surface feedbacks.