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2 year Climate researcher position at Rossby Centre

The Rossby Centre works across the spectrum of global and regional climate modelling, analysis of climate change and climate variability, and research into climate change impacts as part of the wider SMHI Research Department of around 100 scientists. As a partner, or coordinator, of numerous national Swedish, European and international projects the Rossby Centre has responsibility for the effective and innovative communication and dissemination of project results to a wide variety of end users from the Swedish forestry industry to EU policymakers and also the wider general public.
 
You will be working with the analysis of climate scenarios with a focus on southern Africa as part of a recently initiated international research project FRACTAL. A starting point for your work will be the global and regional climate scenarios from CMIP5 and CORDEX. A key component of this position is to identify the climate change signal in different variables and estimate how robust or uncertain they are. At a later stage in the project new, regional climate scenarios at higher horizontal resolutions will be analysed in more detail and put in context of the larger ensembles from CMIP5 and CORDEX.
 
Your profile

The Rossby Centre are looking for a candidate with an academic education in meteorology, climatology or closely related subject. You should have considerable experience of working with climate data and climate scenarios. A PhD is mandatory and post-doctoral experience is preferred. Experience in mathematical statistics would be desirable.

Good programming skills in packages/languages such as Python, R, Octave/Matlab, IDL and CDO is preferable as is experience of working in a Linux environment. You should be accustomed to handling large volumes of data, most likely in NetCDF format. A good level of written and spoken English is essential. Knowledge of Swedish is not required but there will be opportunities to learn, should you wish.

The position is limited to 2 years and will be based in Norrköping.

To find out more

For further information and details of how to apply see the vacancy notice on the SMHI website

Special Issue of Asia-Pacific Journal of Atmospheric Sciences

The Asia-Pacific Journal of Atmospheric Sciences (2014 Impact Factor: 1.347) will be publishing a special issue on Regional Climate Downscaling over the Asia-Pacific region. The deadline for paper submission is the 15th October 2015 and the issue will be published in April 2016. 

For further information click here or you could visit the journal website and click  "Call for Papers" on the right side of the website.

Kick off for new phase of CORDEX-Africa Analysis Workshops

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Representatives from across the CORDEX Africa community came together for the first scoping workshop of the next phase of CORDEX-Africa Analysis Workshops in Johannesburg on 26th & 27th May 2015.  This workshop series follows on from a highly successful first series, which has led to 9 peer reviewed journal articles authored by members of the African regional teams. The workshop was funded through a combination of support from the Swedish Secretariat for Environmental Earth Systems Science (SSEESS), WCRP and SMHI.

The goals of this first scoping workshop were to: reinstate the regional teams and also initiate the new Central Africa regional team; identify key regional research questions; develop or adopt appropriate methodologies to address these; and to discuss how to engage the user community. The focus of this meeting was to provide context from the wider CORDEX and international strategy, provided by participation of the IPOC Director and ICSU representative, and to set the research agenda of the workshops to follow and thus only included senior regional team members.A number of participants who were unable to join physically connected through Skype for key discussion sessions.

The workshop was highly successful resulting in a list of clearly defined research questions to be addressed by each of the regional teams, a publication plan initiated, training and infrastructure requirements highlighted, and a plan for effective liaison with end users and other relevant programmes and initiatives. Funding is now being confirmed for the next two workshops to take place during Autumn 2015 and early 2016. Details from the meeting can be found on the CORDEX-Africa website.

For further information contact CORDEX Africa point of contact Chris Lennard, CSAG, UCT.

From left to right: Grigory Nikulin (SMHI, Sweden), Francois Engelbrecht (CSIR, South Africa), Chris Lennard (UCT, South Africa), Daniel Michelson (SMHI, Sweden), Genito Maure (Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique), Vincent Ajayi (Akure Federal University of Technology, Nigeria), Sarah Osima (Tanzania Meteorological Agency), Eleanor O’Rourke (IPOC), Wilfried Pokam (University of Yaounde, Cameroon) and Daniel Nyanganyura (ICSU African Regional Office, South Africa)

 

Report from 3rd CORDEX Empirical Statistical Downscaling Workshop

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CORDEX has held three invitation-only workshops that have developed a program for empirical statistical downscaling (ESD) as part of the greater CORDEX effort to coordinate evaluation and advancement of all downscaling methods.   To date, progress in CORDEX has been largely through downscaling with Multi-GCM / Multi-RCM pairings. ESD methods have different advantages and shortcomings compared to RCMs; however, ESD performance has not been explored as systematically as that of RCMs, creating a gap in overall assessment and applications of downscaling in CORDEX.

The third of these workshops took place 1st-3rd June 2015 at the University of Cape Town, South Africa (see photo of participants above).  The workshop also engaged government policy experts from Tanzania who work in the Ministry of Water, Ministry of Agriculture and in disaster management for the country.   Important issues for the Tanzanian representatives included resilience and long-term trends, information structures to provide seasonal and longer forecasts drought and floods, forecasting for food security and developing localized information for managing weather and climate disasters.   These experts provided valuable user perspective on how downscaling output could be useful within and across government agencies.

Although the workshop consisted primarily of breakout discussions, several presentations during the workshop provided an overview of relevant experiences by workshop participants.  Short presentations discussed limitations of reanalyses when used for ESD or RCMs, evaluation of the skill of GCMs that might provide input to ESD and RCMs, some cross-comparison of RCM-ESD results, and scientific challenges and directions for CORDEX.

The workshop reviewed progress to date on the first CORDEX ESD Experiment and, through breakout groups, developed frameworks for initial documents that will emerge from the workshop series:  a paper on initial results from ESD Experiment 1, a guidance document on ESD implementation and application, and a commentary piece on the current split between widespread use of ESD for climate impacts applications on the one hand and the substantial GCM-RCM coupling for studying regional climate dynamics.

The workshop series has set a foundation for a more cohesive community among the wide diversity of ESD practitioners, and established a more rigorous foundation for the evaluation and uptake of ESD outputs by the scientific community and by stakeholders.  The workshops have also developed a pathway for evaluation of all downscaling methods though a multi-model, multi-method evaluation framework that will likely fit within the planned CORDEX Flagship Pilot Studies.

 

Report from 3rd SEACLID/CORDEX-SEA Workshop

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In the third of a series of five APN sponsored workshops of the Southeast Asia Regional Climate Downscaling SEACLID/CORDEX-SEA Project over 30 participants from across the South East Asia region together with representative from APN, the International Project Office for CORDEX, Hong Kong, Germany and Australasia gathered at the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines on the 1st-2nd June 2015.

Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin, President of Ateneo de Manila University, Antonia Yulo Loyzaga, Executive Director of the Manila Observatory welcomed the participants to the workshop. Dr Linda Stevenson of APN provided a keynote presentation highlighting the 20th anniversary of the APN, APN’s capacity development agenda, science-policy linkages and the needs of the region, particularly as outlined under the APN’s Climate Adaptation Framework in connection with modelling. CORDEX-SEA Coordinator, Professor Fredolin Tangang then provided an overview of the progress and challenges facing the group before Dr Eleanor O’Rourke, Director of the International Project Office for CORDEX, outlined recent developments in CORDEX strategy, priorities and global activities.

Progress reports from the participating CORDEX-SEA partners; 7 countries in the region plus collaborating partners in Australia, Hong Kong, Sweden, South Korea and the UK, together with new partner Germany; outlined ongoing and completed work and highlighted specific issues being faced.

Considerable time was also devoted to discussion surrounding future activities and how to address the challenges faced within the region. Topics included: implementing a CORDEX-SEA ESGF node; training requirements; bias correction; addressing the lack of human resources and infrastructure in Cambodia and Lao PDR; engaging end users and policy makers; Flagship Pilot Studies; participation in ICRC-CORDEX 2016; and importantly looking forward to the next phase of CORDEX SEA and potential funding options.

Two side meetings, a dinner with regional Civil Society Organisations and a meeting with the Asian Development Bank, focused on building partnerships and developing collaborations with the end user communities in South East Asia.

This workshop followed on from a very successful RegCM Training Workshop 25th-29th May also kindly hosted by Ateneo de Manila University and the Manila Observatory Team and sponsored by ICTP and WCRP. At both the proportion of young scientists was very high and a real working example of the regional climate capacity building at the core of the CORDEX initiative.

The Manila Observatory/Ateneo de Manila University team must be highly commended for not just their immaculate preparation and organisation of both these events but their dedication and kindness to all participants.

For more information see the CORDEX-SEA webpages or contact CORDEX-SEA Coordinator Fredolin Tangang