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IFCA coordinates a COPERNICUS contract for regional climate change data provision

28th May 2021

Simulating the future climate at a regional level, the Coordinated RegionalClimate Downscaling Experiment (CORDEX) climate projections cover almost all of the world’s landmass through 14 geographical domains. As of today, data for all domains are available in the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S*) Climate Data Store (CDS). The Institute of Physics of Cantabria (IFCA-CSIC) has contributed to this project, coordinating data provision for worldwide domains.

Projections of how Earth’s climate may change in the future are based on Global and Regional Climate Models, that generally provide low-resolution information. To adapt to climate change on regional and national levels, we need climate information with a much higher resolution, and consequently more detail. Combining these outputs with more detailed local information, the Regional Climate Models provide more detailed climate projections that are a better representation of local events and environments. CORDEX is advancing and coordinating the science and application of RCMs through global partnerships.

C3S has supported the curation and quality control of some of the simulations for the CORDEX domains, and funded new simulations for the European region. The CORDEX projections are also informing the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). One of C3S’ major contributions was curating climate simulations from different producers around the world that were not previously available for the public. For the European domain, C3S funded additional climate simulations, resulting in projections of the region’s future climate now being based on more models and simulations than ever before.

The CORDEX projections are informing the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report, which is due to be published during 2021 and 2022. In particular, they are being used for the Atlas chapter and specifically the new Interactive Atlas, which will allow users to explore and visualise different global and regional climate projections. 

IFCA has coordinated one of the contracts, responsible for the curation and consolidation for twelve worldwide domains (North America, Central America, South America, Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Australasia, Arctic and Antarctica) with the participation of IPSL (Fance), SMHI (Sweden), and Predicita (a SME Spanish company spin-off of IFCA with long experience in COPERNICUS). This activity has been done in collaboration with the Department of Applied Mathematics and Computational Sciences of Universidad de Cantabria, as part of the activities in the Affiliated IFCA Unit.

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  • Joint Centre with the combined effort of Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and University of Cantabria (UC)

    Instituto de Física de Cantabria
    Edificio Juan Jordá
    Avenida de los Castros, s/n
    E-39005 Santander
    Cantabria, Spain

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