Advanced School on Climate Modeling over South America

15-19 February 2016, IFT – Unesp, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

As in previous workshops, this event will include lectures and extensive hands-on sessions on the theory of regional climate dynamics and regional climate change while providing a background on regional climate modeling studies focused on the South America region.

The deadline for application is November 30, 2015.

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Flagship Pilot Studies

The first five endorsed FPS propsals, were selected from the first round of submissions and announced at the last day of the ICRC-CORDEX 2016 conference in Stockholm, May 2016;

South America: Extreme precipitation events in Southeastern South America: a proposal for a better understanding and modeling

Europe+ Mediterranean: Convective phenomena at high resolution over Europe and the Mediterranean

Europe: Impact of land use changes on climate in Europe across spatial and temporal scales

Mediterranean; Role of the natural and anthropogenic aerosols in the Mediterranean region: past climate variability and future climate sensitivity

Mediterranean; Role of the air-sea coupling and small scale ocean processess on regional climate

Afther that another FPS has been endorsed:

Africa: Coupled regional modelling of land-atmosphere-ocean interactions over western-southern Africa under climate change.

More information about the endorsed FPS proposals can be found here or under the CORDEX News tab of the menu above.

Vacancy: Director, International Project Office for CORDEX

Would you like to be responsible for developing and leading the work of the Coordinated Regional Downscaling Experiment (CORDEX)? Do you enjoy blending your climate science knowledge with project management, coordination and strategic development skills? Are you excited by the prospect of working with an international community towards meeting key global challenges? 

If so SMHI, the host institute of the International Project Office for CORDEX (IPOC), is recruiting for an IPOC Director. For further information and details of how to apply see here.

Subset of CORDEX simulations become available again

Since mid June, ESGF has been down due to a software upgrade and no CORDEX simulations published on ESGF in recent years are currently available for download. However, we are happy to inform CORDEX users that a temporary resource has now been configured on a Swedish ESGF development node. All SMHI-RCA4, ICTP-RegCM4 and MGO-RRCM CORDEX simulations which were previously available on the Swedish node will become available again within the next two days.  Some simulations for Africa and the Arctic are already available. Note that this is a test deployment of the new ESGF software, and may face intermittent service interruptions.

Temporary resource:

For instructions on how to use this temporary resource, please refer to:

For updates about data availability and schedule for return to full operational status, please continue to check:

Many thanks to all ESGF developers and all local ESGF node admins who worked on development of new ESGF software and especially to Prashanth Dwarakanath and Kai Lu from the National Supercomputer Centre at Linköping University (Sweden) who worked really hard on the first test installation of new ESGF.

Joint HyMex-Baltic Earth Workshop – 5th & 6th November

Joint regional climate system modelling for the European sea regions


ENEA Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development, Rome, Italy

Workshop aims

This workshop aims to contribute to the understanding of regional energy, momentum, water, and matter fluxes and their effects on the regional climate using observations and Regional Climate System Models (RCSMs) encompassing processes in the atmosphere, land, sea, and anthroposphere. In this workshop, we will focus on European seas and their catchment areas like the Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea, North Sea, Baltic Sea and Arctic Ocean – highly sensitive areas where global models fail to give reliable information about changing climate because key processes are not properly resolved.

In recent years, coupled atmosphere – sea ice – ocean models have been elaborated further by using a hierarchy of sub-models for the Earth system, combining regional climate models with sub-models for surface waves, land vegetation, hydrology, land and marine biogeochemistry, the marine carbon cycle as well as marine biology and food webs. Hence, there is a tendency to develop so-called regional Earth system models with the aim to investigate the impact of climate change on the entire terrestrial and marine environment.Studies on any of the session topics described below are invited to be presented at the workshop. Discussions on progress in the field and challenges will complement the oral and poster presentations.


  • Session 1: Development and evaluation of regional climate system models. New coupled atmosphere – ice – ocean – land surface/vegetation – biogeochemical/carbon – food web models are presented and the results of hindcast simulations are compared to observations. Further, model improvement, new data sets for model evaluation and bias correction methods are particularly welcomed.
  • Session 2: Regional process studies and studies on the added value of coupled models with high resolution. A special focus on land-atmosphere, ocean-atmosphere and land-ocean (rivers) interactions is expected. In particular, discussions of advantages and disadvantages of regional climate system models are encouraged.
  • Session 3: Extreme and high impact events. Studies of all kind of extremes using coupled models are welcome. The focus of the session will be on the basic scientific understanding of high impact events, and on assessing impacts on key areas with different adaptation potential.
  • Session 4: Climate change impact studies and uncertainty assessments of projections using coupled model simulations. Dynamical downscaling of Earth System Models, multi-model ensemble studies, and multi-stressor approaches are expected.


For further information

More information and details of registration, abstract submission and logistics can be found at the workshop website.