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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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.

Related articles:

Projections of wind power density in Pakistan and adjacent regions

https://www.int-res.com/articles/cr2021/85/c085p177.pdf

21st century precipitation and monsoonal shift over Pakistan and Upper Indus Basin (UIB) using high-resolution projections

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0048969721042121

 

One year with CORDEX

Happy new year! As the new year begin let’s look back on the CORDEX news from 2023. Read, among other things, about ICRC-CORDEX 2023, Coordinated Research Activities Were Discussed at the Polar CORDEX Meeting and CORDEX at EGU23.