Researchers meet to improve regional climate prediction

Researchers meet to improve regional climate prediction



13 May 2016

Some 350 scientists are gathering in Stockholm from 17 to 20 May under the auspices of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) to discuss the challenges of downscaling global climate models to generate regional climate data for decision-making. The conference will focus on advancing the Coordinated Regional Climate Downscaling Experiment (CORDEX), which is a global framework for coordinating the regional downscaling of climate scenarios.

"We will use this CORDEX conference to explore some very challenging questions about regional climate," said David Carlson, director of the WCRP, which launched CORDEX in 2009.  "Do we need customised information, scenarios and predictions for each specific region, or can we use the same approach to answer climate questions in multiple regions?  How do we incorporate more local expertise into our international work? Where and how will the users of climate information find sufficient regional data?”

"The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) underlines the need for regional climate data in its work after the climate agreement in Paris, and it will also be a clear focus in future IPCC reports. The CORDEX conference promotes an important exchange of knowledge between climate researchers from different parts of the world," said Rolf Brennerfelt, Director-General of the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI), which hosts the International Project Office for CORDEX.

For more information, please see the conference press release and the WCRP and CORDEX .

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