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Date: Oct 01, 2020

CESOC-Founding: Together we see more Universities of Bonn and Cologne and Forschungszentrum Jülich found the Center for Earth System Observation and Computational Analysis (CESOC)

The University of Bonn, the University of Cologne and Forschungszentrum Jülich have founded a joint Center for Earth System Observation and Computational Analysis (CESOC). This creates a high-profile international focal point in the Rhineland for global Earth system observation with the aim of making strides toward a comprehensive understanding of our planet and better predicting changes.

 CESOC-Board of Directors

CESOC-Board of Directors (v.l.) Prof. Dr. Astrid Kiendler-Scharr, Prof. Dr. Susanne Crewell and Prof. Dr. Jürgen Kusche. (© Foto: Barbara Frommann / Uni Bonn)


In times of global environmental change, it is important to deepen our knowledge of the diverse processes that make up the Earth's climate system. Precise description of the interactions between the atmosphere, oceans, ice, soil, vegetation and ultimately mankind is prerequisite to realizing better weather and climate models. Observing the Earth is essential because without comprehensive observation it is impossible to make accurate predictions.

This is where the Center for Earth Science Observations and Computational Analysis comes in, which will leverage in unison the core competencies of the three institutions in Bonn, Cologne and Jülich. The fields represented are meteorology, atmospheric chemistry, hydrology, climatology and paleoclimatology, soil science and near-surface geophysics, plant and agricultural science, geodesy, remote sensing, geoinformatics, mathematics, scientific computing and computer science. The Faculties of Mathematics and Natural Sciences in Cologne and Bonn respectively and the Faculty of Agriculture are involved as well as two Transdisciplinary Research Areas of the University of Bonn. The institutes for energy and climate research and for the bio- and geosciences at Forschungszentrum Jülich are part of the new center, as well as the Jülich Supercomputing Center.

The rectors of the two universities, the deans of the participating faculties and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Forschungszentrum Jülich have now signed the cooperation agreement finalizing the formation of the new CESOC. Prof. Dr. Jürgen Kusche of the University of Bonn, Prof. Dr. Susanne Crewell of the University of Cologne and Prof. Dr. Astrid Kiendler-Scharr of Forschungszentrum Jülich have been appointed as founding directors. The CESOC office will be established at the University of Bonn. [...]


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