AIMES seeks to provide a framework to encourage the fullest participation of multinational, regional, and national efforts in its scientific activities. If you are a principal investigator of a funded research project or a time series station within AIMES science, you can ask AIMES for formal endorsement.


Current Endorsements

Community Climate Intervention Strategies (CCIS)
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Community Climate Intervention Strategies is motivated by the urgency to holistically evaluate climate intervention strategies. Their mission is to integrate currently disparate research communities to develop an interdisciplinary research program responsive to the complexity of holistically assessing climate intervention strategies to achieve a sustainable climate. The main goals of the project are:

  • Develop an international, community-based interdisciplinary research program
  • Establish and support integrated working groups
  • Develop science proposals, priorities and identify funding needs
  • Enhance communication and synergize existing efforts and cultivate new ones

Global Emissions InitiAtive (GEIA)
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Quantification of chemical emissions into the air is a key step in explaining observed variability and trends in atmospheric composition and in attributing these observed changes to their causes on local to global scales. Accurate emissions data are necessary to identify feasible controls that reduce adverse impacts associated with air quality and climate, to track the success of implemented policies, and to estimate future impacts. GEIA is a community effort that builds bridges between environmental science and policy, by bringing together people, data, and tools to create and communicate the highest quality information about emissions. GEIA seeks to enhance access to emissions data, facilitate analysis to improve the scientific basis for emissions information, and strengthen the emissions community.

The International Land Model Benchmarking Project (ILAMB)
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The International Land Model Benchmarking (ILAMB) project is a model-data intercomparison and integration project designed to improve the performance of land models and, in parallel, improve the design of new measurement campaigns to reduce uncertainties associated with key land surface processes. Building upon past model evaluation studies, described below, the goals of ILAMB are to:

  1. develop internationally accepted benchmarks for land model performance,
  2. promote the use of these benchmarks by the international community for model intercomparison,
  3. strengthen linkages between experimental, remote sensing, and climate modeling communities in the design of new model tests and new measurement programs, and
  4. support the design and development of a new, open source, benchmarking software system for use by the international community.

The International Ocean Model Benchmarking (IOMB) Package
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The International Ocean Model Benchmarking (IOMB) Package is used to evaluate marine biogeochemistry models through comparisons with observations. IOMB provides a variety of in-depth diagnostics of marine biogeochmical model variables on annual and inter-annual time scales. It compares a growing number of variables with site-based, transect, regional, and global observational data sets, and scores model performance based on a combination of bias, RMSE, and seasonal cycle metrics. IOMB uses the same code base as the International Land Model Benchmarking (ILAMB) Package.

MARine Ecosystem Model Intercomparison Project (MAREMIP)
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The “MARine Ecosystem Model Intercomparison Project” (MAREMIP) aims to foster the development of models based on plankton functional types (PFTs) in order to progress towards the resolution of important scientific questions. MAREMIP will also help build a community around marine ecosystem models, promote the interactions between modellers and observationalists and the development of targeted observations, and document the evolution of marine ecosystem models.

Young Earth System Scientists Community (YESS)
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YESS, the Young Earth System Scientists community, strives to help shape the future of Earth system science, by fostering international and transdisciplinary leaders of tomorrow who pioneer the development and delivery of research and knowledge, which provide solutions to benefit society, towards a more equitable and sustainable future.


Support Letter from AIMES

If your research proposal falls within the science areas defined in the AIMES Science Plan, you can ask for a letter of support from AIMES to add to your proposal.

To do so, send the AIMES IPO a summary of the proposed research activities, explaining which AIMES activities it addresses. Also mention any specific points which you wish to have included in the support letter. Once your project gets funded, think about requesting AIMES endorsement for it!