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Domain activities 2021

Region 1:
South America

Globe showing the CORDEX domain of South America

Planned activities

Capacity building activities and meetings planned for 2021:

A series of short virtual workshops and activities are planned for 2021 with the aim of following up the advances of the research work started during the CORDEX Central America and South America Online Paper-Writing Workshop on Regional Climate Modeling in 2020.

Conference on Regional Climate Modeling and Extreme Events over South America: Results from the CORDEX-Flagship Pilot Study/Lab training activity on how to use, interpret and compare the GCM/RCMs/ESD simulations. University of Buenos Aires, November 2021, Buenos Aires, Argentina. This activity was planned to be in November 2020 at the University of Buenos Aires but it had to be postponed due to the pandemic situation.

Region 2:
Central America

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Planned activities

We will have at least the same two events as 2020, possibly online.

Several articles have been published or are in process for a special issue in Climate Dynamics related to physical processes in several domains, including CORDEX-CAM, using RegCM. Next year we will present the list of articles, we expect at least five articles focused on CORDEX-CAM, two of them are already published

Region 3:
North America

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Pending

Region 4:
Europe
(EURO)

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Planned activities

Publication of white paper on the GCM/RCM ensemble matrix design (draft to GA 01.2021; final by 05.2021)

Finalization of the Euro-CORDEX simulation protocol

Production of the Euro-CORDEX phase II simulations

FPS-Convection: Finish projection simulations; continue work on community papers; establish a special issue (06.2021); begin publishing simulations on ESGF by end of 2021.

FPS-LUCAS: GCM-driven simulations including land use changes; joint publications

Region 5:
Africa

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Planned activities

Workshops

Depending on funding and COVID impact CORDEX-Africa would like to run 3 more workshops that focus on building the VIA community in the initiative as well as strengthen the already well developed climate science community. The objective of these workshops would be the production of at least one climate paper per region based on the new CORDEX-Core data and three papers from the VIA community addressing hydrology, agriculture and health. Funding for these workshops will be sourced from WCRP and other institutions that could fund these kinds of workshops.

 

COP27

We also hope to have some CORDEX-Africa representation at COP26 in Glasgow as the scope of the Kyoto Protocol ends in 2020 and representation by developing nations in scientific side events is essential to create a louder “southern” voice in the negotiations.

Region 6:
South Asia

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Pending

Region 7:
East Asia

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Pending

Region 8:
Central Asia

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Pending

Region 9:
Australasia

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Planned activities

Conference session on regional climate projections including CORDEX at the Australian Meteorology and Oceanography in Feb 2021 - “Regional climate projections and applications”. Conveners: Jason Evans and Marcus Thatcher.

Conference session at the Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand conference MODSIM 2021 in Nov/Dec 2021 - “Projections of regional climate change: from modelling to applications”. Convener: Jason Evans.

Conference session at the Asia-Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) 2021 - “Regional Climate Downscaling and CORDEX: Challenges and Prospects”. Conveners: Dong-Hyun Cha, Shuyu Wang, Koji Dairaku, Fredolin Tangang, and Jason Evans

Region 10:
Antarctica

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Planned activities

Polar CORDEX simulations will be used for the IPCC Interactive Atlas

Initial plans have been made for coordinate simulations and analysis using MOSAiC and YOPP supersite observations

The Polar CORDEX community will explore closer links to the satellite community e.g. via the ESA Climate Change Initiative (CCI)

The size of the Antarctic CORDEX domain will be increased to encompass more of the Southern Ocean

We are hoping to have an in-person Polar CORDEX workshop in Fall 2021 in the Netherlands, hosted at Utrectch University by Willem Jan van de Berg

Region 11:
Arctic

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Planned activities

Polar CORDEX simulations will be used for the IPCC Interactive Atlas

Initial plans have been made for coordinate simulations and analysis using MOSAiC and YOPP supersite observations

The Polar CORDEX community will explore closer links to the satellite community e.g. via the ESA Climate Change Initiative (CCI)

We are hoping to have an in-person Polar CORDEX workshop in Fall 2021 in the Netherlands, hosted at Utrectch University by Willem Jan van de Berg

Region 12:
Mediterranean
(MED)

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Planned activities

Med-CORDEX organization
- Annual workshops for the 3 Med-CORDEX-related FPS (FPS-convection, FPS-aerosol, FPS-airsea) will
likely be organized in 2021.
- A joint workshop with Baltic Earth was planned for 2021 before the covid crisis but it status is currently
unclear.
- Preparation of the next General Assembly of Med-CORDEX (Spring 2022)
- Discussions about the future form of the 3 Med-CORDEX related FPS should be engaged as they are
currently suppose to finish by the end of 2021
- The positioning of Med-CORDEX in the new WCRP organisation structure should be discussed
- Med-CORDEX should engage discussions concerning its funding after the end of the MISTRALS
programme in December 2020 who has financially supported Med-CORDEX over the last 10 years.

Med-CORDEX dissemination
- More phase 1 simulations distributed through ESGF, the COPERNICUS Data Store and in the IPCC
Interactive Atlas
- Scientific publications of multi-model studies based on the phase 2 simulations (baseline, FPSconvection,
FPS-aerosols, FPS-airsea)
- Start of the publications on the ESGF for phase 2 simulations (Baseline runs, FPS-convection)
- We hope that scientific exchanges between partners will start again.

Med-CORDEX simulations
- Most of the planned simulations in the 3 FPS will be completed before the end of 2021.
- Availability of large ensemble of scenario simulations for phase 2 (Baseline runs, FPS)

Region 13:
Middle East
North Africa
(MENA)

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Planned activities

One-to-one meetings between POC and domain participants for update and feedback regarding future of MENA-CORDEX activity

MENA-CORDEX Group meeting to discuss plans for CORDEX Phase II and downscaling with CMIP6

Region 14:
Southeast Asia

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Planned activities

Will carry out another 1 – 2 workshops

Continue the 5 km simulations

Initiate CMIP6 downscaling