The Earth System Physics (ESP) section studies a wide spectrum of the Earth system, from its fluid components (oceans and the atmosphere) to the planet's interior. The ESP section maintains a range of models and datasets and coordinates the Regional Climate research NETwork (RegCNET), encompassing over 600 participants worldwide.
Whether you are a pre- or post-doctorate scientist, ESP has several opportunities for you to enhance your knowledge of earth system physics.
ESP research uses a range of open source numerical models maintained and developed at ICTP.
Earth system models attempt to represent the key processes that determine the climate of our planet, such as the atmospheric and ocean circulations, aerosols and atmospheric chemistry, biogeochemical cycles, the cryosphere, and land surface processes. The research of the group uses model tools such as the latest generation of the regional climate model REGCM and intermediate complexity global model SPEEDY to understand our climate, its natural variability and its response to anthropogenic forcings.
Climate extremes in the present day and in future decades can have severe implications, with the poorest members of societies being often the most vulnerable. The ESP group uses dynamical and statistical modelling techniques to assess the socio-economic impacts of climate
variability and change, for example on energy, water and health. As with the climate models, the dynamical impact models CHYM and VECTRI are made available to the wider scientific community through regular workshops and training events.
13 Jun 2016
New research adds to understanding of the great Himalayan earthquakes
03 May 2016
Lectures from 3 to 5 May to be available online
14 Apr 2016
Open access publication to focus on climate, atmospheric sciences
03 Dec 2015
The Centre's Filippo Giorgi reflects on 20 years of climate negotiations
25 Feb 2015
Changing environment is increasing ragweed pollen concentrations and allergy cases in Europe