Tuesday, May 15, 2012


date: Mon Feb 21 12:30:52 2005
from: Keith Briffa <k.briffaatXYZxyz.ac.uk>
subject: Re: proposition of text - not sure if is enough convincing!
to: Valerie.MassonatXYZxyz.fr

Ok Valerie,
if you say 1.3 milllion for 1.1 send this out .
please put task 1.1 at At 11:53 21/02/2005, you wrote:

Proposition of email to task leaders AND SSC . To be also distributed to all
participants to WP1 (Keith, we urgently have to do this because WP1 seems very obscure
to them).
Here is the current situation for WP1. We have been working on a "bottom up" process
asking to the various partners their deliverables together with requested costs, with
task leaders being responsible for priorities within their tasks.
The current status of budget requests is the following per task
1.5 1.14 M euros (reconstruction of forcings)
1.4 0.958 M euros (reconstruction of hydrological variability)
1.3 0.885 M Euros (centennial to millenial scale var)
1.2 1.095 M Euros (decadal to centennial var)
1.1 (last 2 millenia)
Many partners have already warned that their participation in IMPRINT would be
endangered if they had to reduce their EC request, because they would not be able to
provide the deliverables without a minimum funding!
The situation is extremely difficult to handle because the scientists were reasonable in
designing the costs per deliverable, and the various deliverables are needed to obtain a
real assessment on the forcings and variability during the Holocene.
Tasks 1.5 outputs are clearly requested by the modelling community (improved knowledge
of forcings with uncertainties). The other outputs will be critical for model data
comparisons and to understand interglacial climate variability organization.
The initial budget for WP1 was estimated to about 5 million euros and this is also the
current amount requested by the participants to provide new inputs. The somehow
arbitrary cut to 3.7 M euros is impossible to fit with the expected deliverables. It may
be feasible to have reasonable deliverables with an overall budget of about 4.2 M Euros
and still major decisions have to be made :
- do we cut new methods (still present in the forcing task)?
- do we re focus some of the work on selected periods for which modellers will put more
On the continental part this decision is very critical because the "marine" partners
also apply for funding in WP2 and 3 but for terrestrial records this WP1 is the only way
to integrate this community.
We strongly believe that WP1 outcomes are key to the full project and are necessary to
progress in the basic understanding of climate variability and sensitivity to a range of
various forcings.

Professor Keith Briffa,
Climatic Research Unit
University of East Anglia
Norwich, NR4 7TJ, U.K.

Phone: +44-1603-593909
Fax: +44-1603-507784

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