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cc:, Dominique Raynaud <>
date: Mon, 31 Jan 2005 15:27:21 +0100
from: Eystein Jansen <>
subject: Brussels and Imprint
to: Keith Briffa <>

Hi Keith, Simon and Dominique,
I talked with Brelen today. He is handling the
paleo-IP in the Commission. They have not yet
found a replacement, so he continues, which is
good in this process.
He was very friendly. I had sent him an overviw
of the partners which he had asked for to avoid
inviting people as experts reveiwers who are
involved in the proposal. He complimented our
ability to attract the bets groups in Europe.
I invited myself to Brussels, and he said they
were hesitant to do this because they are afraid
of paying favours to any special project. He
said he would check with Troen about this policy,
and came back and said they would prefer to avoid
such meetings during this phase. Thus, we need
to do remote lobbying. Since you all have good
contacts, or your institutions have, it would be
wise to contact Brelen, and more importantly
Troen or other people in the Global Change Unit
to ensure that they a) Realise how the Imprint
approach is a major undertaking of the best
European labs to really make paleoclimate make a
difference to the predictions and modelling
activities. b) Underscore the close connections
to Ensembles, c) Go through with them how they
interpret the wording of the call, to make sure
we have a joint understanding of what it means in
terms of being relevant for predictions and
climate dynamics. From the review of the
competing Millennium proposal it seems that these
aspects of the call were not considered much.

We need to influence the comission as far as
possible so that they know what they will miss if
the project is not funded.

Best regards,
Eystein Jansen
Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research and
Dep. of Earth Science, Univ. of Bergen
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N-5007 Bergen
Phone: +47-55-583491 - Home: +47-55-910661
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