Outcomes from the first CORDEX workshop in Central Asia

The CORDEX Workshop Climate Data Analyses and Downscaling took place at Samarkand State University, Samarkand, Uzbekistan, on 27-29 November 2023. 42 participants attended, most of them from Uzbekistan.
The aim of the workshop was to contribute to capacity building and promote climate resilience among the participants. In Central Asia there are limited activities related to CORDEX, despite the significant potential it holds for climate change research and climate downscaling in the context of regional models.

– We found a very active group of researchers who are interested in collaborating with us for the future CORDEX activities, says Shaukat Ali, Point of Contact for the CORDEX Central Asia domain and one of the main organizers of the workshop.

The workshop contained both talks and seminars that focused on the CMIP and CORDEX datasets, as well as the processing and interpretation of these datasets.

The participants received a demo of regional climate models and were trained on:

– CORDEX data downloading, data analysis using Climate Data Operators (CDO) and Grid Analysis and Display System (GrADS)
– the use of CORDEX data for the impact studies, especially extreme events and climate change and health
– how to communicate their science to policy.

Participants were particularly engaged with three talks: “An Introduction to the Climate System” by Michelle Reboita, “Extreme Precipitation Events in South-eastern South America: From Observation to Modeling,” an online presentation by Maria Laura Bertolli (contact person for South America CORDEX), and “Science-to-Policy Communication: Practical” by Shaukat Ali. The participants also showed specific interest in the GrADS section, especially when maps using CMIP and CORDEX data were displayed.


The talks and tutorials provided by Michelle Reboita are available at:

Reboita, M. (2023, November 19). Introduction to the Climate System. Zenodo. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.10157716

Reboita, M., & Ali, S. (2023, November 19). How can we download CMIP and CORDEX datasets?.v2. Zenodo. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.10157641

During the group discussions on the last day it was decided to work towards joint projects on research papers and plan for future workshops within the domain.

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