CORDEX, CMIP and RIfS joint EGU townhall

Are you planning to attend the EGU24 in Vienna in April? If so join us at the townhall meeting that we are organizing together with CMIP and RIfS: Information for society: from CMIP to decision makers 

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The challenges of producing information for society based on climate science include everything from data access to the treatment of uncertainty and expert judgment over what constitutes robust, decision-ready information. WCRP programs tasked with supporting the production and use of climate data are interested in understanding the range of practices employed by the EGU community over this entire chain. We expect that there exist barriers relating to technical challenges, (lack of) process understanding, communicating with decision-makers about how to make sense of divergent data products, and resource limitations on all of the above.

In the first portion of the townhall we will focus on data access — where do you start to produce actionable information? Representatives from CMIP and CORDEX will present some background and then facilitate discussions about data access methods currently employed, and your suggestions for improvement. We are also interested in what other products form the starting point for some users, as well as what motivates you to run your own simulations with stakeholders in mind.

In the second portion of the townhall we will shift to facilitated small-group discussions on the challenges of producing information for society that is both robust and useful for decision-making. The WCRP Regional Information for Society (RIfS) project wants to hear from EGU members on everything from the analysis and post-processing tools you employ, to how you handle issues in the data, represent uncertainty, and work to provide information to decision-makers. We will briefly present some of the issues and then move into facilitated discussion. We are especially interested in if/how you approach co-production, whether it is for generalized climate services or bespoke projects in a particular region and sector that combine with other non-climate data. How do you communicate with stakeholders who are confused by the sometimes-divergent array of data products and services available?

Information gathered in the townhall will be summarised in a technical report by the CMIP, CORDEX, and RIfS International Project Offices (IPOs) and shared with participants, as well as informing ongoing work across our projects to improve data access and build consensus on the production of robust information for regional decision-making.

Please note, this event will be held in-person only, and you must be registered to EGU24 to attend.

CORDEX report 2023 now published

You can now read a summary of the most important activities within CORDEX during 2023 in our latest newsletter.

CORDEX report 2023

News from the CORDEX side events at the WCRP Open Science Conference

The reports from the CORDEX side events are now available!

Read more here.



14th General Assembly and 15 years of EURO-CORDEX

The 14th General Assembly of the European – Coordinated Regional Climate Downscaling Experiment (EURO-CORDEX) – took place from 22nd to 25th of January, 2024. They also celebrated the 15th anniversary of the EURO-CORDEX initiative.

Read about the meeting at the EURO-CORDEX website.

Developing a strategy for Future Climate Projections in South Asia

In Dhulikhel, Nepal the CORDEX South Asia domain held a workshop 18-20 December, organized by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). The workshop brought together providers of climate information, academia, as well as research organizations and provided an opportunity to map the use of future climate projection datasets and understand their needs and priorities with the aim to develop a strategy.

It was a hybrid meeting, however most of the 12 participants attended and presented in person. The presentations by the participants provided an overview of the use of future climate projections. One presentation was made online from the Centre for Climate Change Research, IITM – Pune who provided a technical presentation on “the new CORDEX-WAS simulations: Use of high-resolution global modeling for regional climate studies”. The discussions around specified questions gave very useful input towards the development of the strategy.

The workshop provided an opportunity to re-engage with the institutions such as the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM), Central Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (CDHM), Tribhuvan University which were earlier involved in the institutional capacity building on CORDEX data access and use program. Through interactive sessions, the participants identified the needs and priorities and provided input to develop a regional draft strategy for engagement in the access and use of future climate projections and provision of better tools and services in Nepal. The idea is that this workshop will be followed with similar consultation at a regional level for input into the draft strategy and development of future activities.
More information about the workshop can be found at the website.


CORDEX SEA: CARE for SEA megacities – inception workshop and stakeholder consultation

The “Climatic hazard Assessment to enhance Resilience against climate Extremes for Southeast Asian megacities (CARE for SEA megacities)” project is the latest activity under the Southeast Asia Regional Climate Downscaling / Coordinated Regional Climate Downscaling Experiment Southeast Asia (SEACLID / CORDEX-SEA) collaboration.

An inception workshop and stakeholder consultation was held in Bangkok, Thailand in November 2023. You can read the full report from the workshop here:

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