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    Regional climate downscaling over Europe: perspectives from the EURO-CORDEX community

    Jacob, Daniela and Teichmann, Claas and Sobolowski, Stefan and Katragkou, Eleni and Anders, Ivonne and Belda, Michal and Benestad, Rasmus and Boberg, Fredrik and Buonomo, Erasmo and Cardoso, Rita M. and Casanueva, Ana and Christensen, Ole B. and Christensen, Jens Hesselbjerg and Coppola, Erika and De Cruz, Lesley and Davin, Edouard L. and Dobler, Andreas and Domínguez, Marta and Fealy, Rowan and Fernandez, Jesus and Gaertner, Miguel Angel and García-Díez, Markel and Giorgi, Filippo and Gobiet, Andreas and Goergen, Klaus and Gómez-Navarro, Juan José and Alemán, Juan Jesús González and Gutiérrez, Claudia and Gutiérrez, José M. and Güttler, Ivan and Haensler, Andreas and Halenka, Tomáš and Jerez, Sonia and Jiménez-Guerrero, Pedro and Jones, Richard G. and Keuler, Klaus and Kjellström, Erik and Knist, Sebastian and Kotlarski, Sven and Maraun, Douglas and van Meijgaard, Erik and Mercogliano, Paola and Montávez, Juan Pedro and Navarra, Antonio and Nikulin, Grigory and de Noblet-Ducoudré, Nathalie and Panitz, Hans-Juergen and Pfeifer, Susanne and Piazza, Marie and Pichelli, Emanuela and Pietikäinen, Joni-Pekka and Prein, Andreas F. and Preuschmann, Swantje and Rechid, Diana and Rockel, Burkhardt and Romera, Raquel and Sánchez, Enrique and Sieck, Kevin and Soares, Pedro M. M. and Somot, Samuel and Srnec, Lidija and Sørland, Silje Lund and Termonia, Piet and Truhetz, Heimo and Vautard, Robert and Warrach-Sagi, Kirsten and Wulfmeyer, Volker (2020) Regional climate downscaling over Europe: perspectives from the EURO-CORDEX community. Regional Environmental Change, 20 (2). ISSN 1436-3798

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    The European CORDEX (EURO-CORDEX) initiative is a large voluntary effort that seeks to advance regional climate and Earth system science in Europe. As part of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) - Coordinated Regional Downscaling Experiment (CORDEX), it shares the broader goals of providing a model evaluation and climate projection framework and improving communication with both the General Circulation Model (GCM) and climate data user communities. EURO-CORDEX oversees the design and coordination of ongoing ensembles of regional climate projections of unprecedented size and resolution (0.11◦ EUR-11 and 0.44◦ EUR-44 domains). Additionally, the inclusion of empirical statistical downscaling allows investigation of much larger multi-model ensembles. These complementary approaches provide a foundation for scientific studies within the climate research community and others. The value of the EURO CORDEX ensemble is shown via numerous peer-reviewed studies and its use in the development of climate services. Evaluations of the EUR-44 and EUR-11 ensembles also show the benefits of higher resolution. However, significant challenges remain. To further advance scientific understanding, two flagship pilot studies (FPS) were initiated. The first investigates local-regional phenomena at convection-permitting scales over central Europe and the Mediterranean in collaboration with the Med-CORDEX community. The second investigates the impacts of land cover changes on European climate across spatial and temporal scales. Over the coming years, the EURO-CORDEX community looks forward to closer collaboration with other communities, new advances, supporting international initiatives such as the IPCC reports, and continuing to provide the basis for research on regional climate impacts and adaptation in Europe.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: Jacob, D., Claas, T., Stefan, S., Eleni, K., Anders, I., Michal, B., . . . Volker, W. (2020). Regional climate downscaling over europe: Perspectives from the EURO-CORDEX community. Regional Environmental Change, 20(2) doi:
    Keywords: EURO-CORDEX;CORDEX; Climate change; Regional climate models; Regional climate modelling;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Research Institutes > National Centre for Geocomputation, NCG
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units, ICARUS
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute, MUSSI
    Item ID: 15805
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    Depositing User: Rowan Fealy
    Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2022 09:22
    Journal or Publication Title: Regional Environmental Change
    Publisher: Proquest
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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