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Podcast on CORDEX Africa

The Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG) at the University of Cape Town a while ago started a podcast called Climate Frontiers.

The third episode, guided by Dr Chris Lennard (former CORDEX SAT-member) and published in July 2021, focused on CORDEX Africa and how it has developed during the last decade.

Many African CORDEX community members, a former CORDEX co-chair, the IPOC director, and others contribute to the podcast with some of their views on building the capacity of African scientists working with climate related issues as well as the benefits for society.

Please find more information and the link to listen here.


You can still register for the WCRP workshop on attribution of multi-annual to decadal changes in the climate system

The WCRP workshop on attribution of multi-annual to decadal changes in the climate system will be held online 22-24 September, see more here.

German TV interviews CORDEX co-chair about the release of information sheets based on EURO-CORDEX simulations

The national German TV channel “ARD” contacted GERICS after hearing about the release of the  “Klimaausblicke” (Climate outlooks). In   the news item the reporter says that the data describing climate change in Germany has remained rather coarse in the past. This has now been changed by the publication of the analysis of climate data for each of the German counties by the Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon / GERICS.

Altogether, 401   “Klimaausblicke” (Climate outlooks) can be downloaded for free to enable counties to prepare for the future.

Daniela Jacob says German counties now have access to detailed knowledge about possible future climate change, which needs to be considered for future planning.  No-one in Germany may say in the future: I didn’t know this.

The “Klimaausblicke” are based on 85 climate simulations (from the EURO-CORDEX community). Different scenarios, which depend on future climate mitigation, have been investigated,.

As an example, climate change information for different indices are given for the city of Karlsruhe located in South-Western Germany for RCP4.5 – representing a ‘middle’ emission concentration development.

Norbert Hacker, head of environment protection and work safety   in Karlsruhe, another guest on this news item talked about the consequences of present day climate change impacts and strategies, e.g., the dying of trees due to droughts and possible measures like watering trees in the city.

To sum up, it is mentioned that the “Klimaausblicke” are based on model simulations for this century carried out in a European effort. The spread shows that future climate change could be stronger or weaker dependent on our mitigation efforts.

After the release of “Klimaausblicke”, Daniela Jacob says that mitigating climate change is essential and that it is now obvious which consequences and related costs can be avoided by mitigating climate change.



TV-Spot of ARD (German television):

GERICS press release:

GERICS product page (German only):

Interactive map:



The 42nd Session of the WCRP Joint Scientific Committee (JSC-42)

Today will be the last day of the the 42nd Session of the WCRP Joint Scientific Committee (JSC-42). It has so far been a week with interesting discussions on further scientific, coordinative and communicative development.

The aim has been to, among others, approve and  plan for the new Lighthouse Activities,  the new ‘CORE Projects’ “Earth System Modelling and Observations” and “Regional Climate Information for Society (RIfS)” and of course discuss progress and plans for the already established Core Projects, Grand Challenges and other major activities.

Daniela Jacob, co-chair of CORDEX Science Advisory Team (SAT), on behalf of the CORDEX community held a presentation on CORDEX latest achievements, upcoming activities and scientific priorities as well as CORDEX contributions to RIfS.  Please see the CORDEX report and presentation at JSC-42 for more details.

For more information on JSC-42, please visit

We look forward to further strengthen the CORDEX community involvement and to continued and increased cooperation and exchange across WCRP activities!

Central/South America follow-up Online Paper-Writing Workshop

CORDEX Central America and South America are organizing a follow-up Online Paper-Writing Workshop on Regional Climate Modeling. The workshop will take place on May 3 and 5 at 17 UTC.

At the first online Paper Writing Workshop in November/December a number of collaboration groups consisting of students and early career researchers  were formed.  The groups choose a topic with focus on specific regional climate phenomena, outlined a work plan and time-line with the aim to submit a  paper with the scientific results. This follow-up workshop includes for instance update of status; project outline, data and methods and exchange of reviews between the groups.