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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Workshop in Uzbekistan on Climate Data Analyses and Downscaling

The CORDEX workshop on Climate Data Analyses and Downscaling is held in Samarkand, Uzbekistan this week, 27-29 November.
The workshop is organized by the CORDEX Central Asia domain led by our Central Asia Point of Contact, Shaukat Ali, together with Michelle Reboita from Brazil who is actively involved in the CORDEX South American domain. Around 40 local participants from different parts of Uzbekistan are attending the event.

The agenda includes for instance technical sessions on Climate System & Data Analyses and CORDEX Activities Progress in Different Domains with hands on sessions on How to download CMIP6 and CORDEX data and prepare files as well as a hands on session on Dynamical downscaling using Regional Climate Model. Besides these hands on sessions the participants will also get presentations on CORDEX work both globally and within the different domains. Science to policy communication and future collaboration will be discussed during the last day.

This is the first time a CORDEX workshop is held in the Central Asia domain, while workshops like these are common within most of the CORDEX domains. The workshops are an important part of the CORDEX effort to build capacity and share knowledge about regional climate downscaling and regional climate information.

Second Order Draft (SOD) of the new CORDEX-CMIP6 Archiving Specifications for dynamical downscaling open for comments

The First Order Draft (FOD) of the CORDEX-CMIP6 Archiving Specifications for dynamical downscaling was shared with the CORDEX community in February 2023. We are very grateful to all who read the archiving specifications in detail and provided comments. The Second Order Draft (SOD) of the new CORDEX-CMIP6 Archiving Specifications for dynamical downscaling is ready and we share it with the CORDEX community for comments.
Please note that some parts of the specifications are still under development.

You can find the Second Order Draft here

You can leave your comments in this Google form

If you can´t access Google you can send your comments to ipoc@cordex.org

Deadline for comments is 1 December 2023

Call for abstracts: Regional Climate Modeling, including CORDEX session at EGU General Assembly 2024

You are invited to submit your abstract for the session CL5.5/Regional Climate Modeling, including CORDEX: https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU24/session/49396 at next year’s EGU General Assembly, 14-19 April 2024 in Vienna.
This session welcomes papers on methodological developments in regional climate modeling, performance analysis of RCMs, use of RCMs for regional processes studies, past and future climate projections as well as studies on extreme events and impact assessment. Additionally, the session encourages submissions related to the CORDEX program, including the analysis of CORDEX-CORE experiments and simulations within the framework of different CORDEX Flagship Pilot Studies. We anticipate that this session will provide a platform for discussing the progress of RCM-related research and fostering future collaborations.
The final submission deadline is 13:00 CET, 10 January 2024, 13:00 CET, but if you wish to apply for travel support from EGU you must submit by 1 December 2024, 13:00 CET. The General Assembly is being run as a hybrid conference, so you can still present in the session if you are not able to attend in person.
Conveners: Im Eun-Soon, Melissa Bukovsky and Csaba Torma

Attend the SEACLID/CORDEX SEA workshop online

During 22-24 November 2023 the workshop CARE for SEA megacities: Inception workshop and stakeholder consultation will take place in Bangkok, Thailand and online.

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 SEACLID / CORDEX SEA collaboration.

CARE for SEA collaborators and SEACLID/CORDEX SEA members are invited and encouraged to participate in this workshop and present their regional climate downscaling efforts.

Deadline to register was 15 November. Click on the flyer below for more information about the workshop and to register. 

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Coordinated research activities were discussed at the Polar CORDEX meeting

The annual Polar CORDEX meeting took place in Utrecht, Netherlands on 4-6 October. 25 researchers from Europe, North America and Asia participated in this hybrid meeting. The aim of the meeting was to have scientific exchange of Polar CORDEX and related groups on ongoing research including presentations and discussions.

During the final day plans for coordinated research activities were discussed. One of those activities is an evaluation of Arctic boundary layer stability regimes, their frequency and radiative and mechanical forcing using observations from the year-long MOSAiC expedition. A total of 12 modeling groups have indicated an interest in participating in this model intercomparison. The Cassano group at the University of Colorado will lead this intercomparison effort and presented initial results for the Coupled Arctic Forecast System (CAFS). Participating groups were encouraged to provide their model data by the end of 2023 with analysis of the multi-model ensemble set to begin in early 2024.

A further activity that will be undertaken during 2023/24 is to use a multi-model ensemble of regional atmospheric models to investigate a warm air intrusion event during April 15-16 2020 that was observed by the MOSAiC expedition. This study will have its focus on the boundary layer, air mass transformation, and surface energy budget, and aerosol-cloud-radiation interactions. This activity will be a joint effort between Polar CORDEX and the EU-funded project PolarRES. The models will include atmospheric chemistry-aerosol models.