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Domain Activities 2017-2019


Domain Activities 2019


Domain Activity Contact/responsible Funder
Polar CORDEX Introduction

Polar CORDEX focuses on both Arctic and Antarctic RCM simulations; details:

Science Highlight
Swings in surface net longwave radiation (LWN) are consistent with advection of warm, moist air trapping a low, liquid-bearing cloud layer, followed by a drying and subsequent low-cloud dissipation. The simulations also reveal distinct transitions between the three periods, although to various degrees. Critical to the processes driving the surface energy balance is that most models did not transition to large LWN deficits, reflective of clear or intermittently cloudy skies, during the post-event period as indicated in the observations.

Observed and modeled percentile ranges of LWN for 3 one-week periods pre, during, post warm, moist advective event during ACSE2014 campaign.

2019 Highlights

The annual Polar CORDEX meeting scientific presentations focused on following key topics: (i) Surface mass balance of Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets – changes and key drivers. According model inter-comparisons have been accomplished. Simulated recent and future climate change over the Antarctic Peninsula region was presented. (ii) Coupled modeling, its challenges and benefits. For the Arctic, results from atmosphere-ocean models with respect to cyclones and their feedbacks, and improved model physics have been presented. The intra-annual prediction of Arctic sea ice is a promising new capability. For Antarctica, efforts towards coupling the atmosphere with ocean and ice sheet components have been presented. (iii) Model evaluation. Studies over Greenland and near Svalbard were presented. For the Arctic Ocean, a multi-model intercomparison with the ACSE2014 campaign data has been accomplished. Arctic and Antarctic sea-ice lead data sets have been compiled. (iv) Challenges of high resolution downscaling: Impacts of sea-ice forcing, different physics, resolution, uncertainty assessment, methods to select CMIP6 models.

2019 selected publication

Sedlar et al., 2019: Confronting Arctic troposphere, clouds and surface energy budget representations in regional climate models with observations, JGR, in review

Anette Rinke, John Cassano, Andrew Orr
Africa Academic publications

Although lack of funding meant it was not possible to run another workshop series as in 2017/2018 at least nine papers were produced during 2019 by CORDEX-Africa participants, some of which were presented at the ICRC 2019 meeting in Beijing. These papers are detailed on the Cordex-Africa website under the Publications link. Two of these papers were from the VIA community of CORDEX-Africa, and we are very happy to have had excellent collaboration between climate and VIA specialists in the production of the papers. There is continued collaboration between the climate science and VIA cohorts with 3 papers in varying stages of completeness currently being written.


Additionally, a very detailed step-by-step tutorial on how to download CORDEX-Africa data from the ESGF has been written an placed on the CORDEX-Africa web site and numerous emails have been received thanking us for this.


Two Africa-led FPSs are underway and several CORDEX-Africa affiliates are involved in the European-led ELVIC FPS. A new FPS titled Modelling the Southeast African regional Climate” was endorsed at the ICRC-2019 in Beijing and will begin in 2020. The FPS titled “Coupled regional modelling of land-atmosphere-ocean interactions over western-southern Africa under climate change“  has not sustained funding to run to completion and has stalled because of this. Further efforts will be made to source funding in 2020 that would facilitate completion of the FPS. In the ELVIS FPS CORDEX-Africa affiliates are involved in the analysis of the simulations being performed over the region.


Several CORDEX-Africa affiliates were able to attend the ICRC-2019 conference in Beijing. Representatives from both the climate and VIA communities were present. Oral and poster presentations were made by the attendees and they contributed to the breakout sessions.


Several CORDEX-Africa affiliates are involved as Lead Authors and Contributing Authors in the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). Lead Authors are involved in WG1 Chapters 10, 11, 12 and the Atlas and also in WG2 Chapter 9 (Africa).


Chris Lennard, Richard Anyah, Bode Gbobaniyi
Australasia In 2019 a number of new simulations have been completed for the Australasia region including those completed as part of CORDEX-CORE. This is currently a 20 member ensemble for RCP8.5.

GCM RCM table

Currently there is a strategy being developed titles “Australia’s Next Generation Climate

Projections: a report to the National Climate Science Advisory Committee”. This is an ongoing process that will complete mid-2020. CORDEX plays a role in this strategy.

Conference sessions

Conference sessions focused on regional climate modelling highlighting CORDEX were held at the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS) annual conference in Darwin Australia 11-14 June 2019; AOGS Singapore 28 Jul – 2 Aug 2019; 23rd International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM2019) Canberra Australia 1-6 December 2019.

Published papers

Di Virgilio, G., J.P. Evans, A. Di Luca, R. Olson, D. Argüeso, J. Kala, J. Andrys, P. Hoffmann, J. Katzfey, B. Rockel (2019) Evaluating reanalysis-driven CORDEX regional climate models over Australia: model performance and errors. Climate Dynamics, doi: 10.1007/s00382-019-04672-w.

Jason Evans, Jack Katzfey
Central Asia Nothing to report Levent Kurnaz
East Asia Pending
South East Asia (SEA)
  1. “Training Workshop of Access and Utilization of Regional

Climate Downscaled Data of ESGF/ SARCCIS of CORDEX Southeast Asia”, 22 January 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

South East Asia (SEA)
  1. Third Workshop of the Second Phase of the Southeast Asia Regional Climate Downscaling (SEACLID)/CORDEX Southeast Asia Project, Manila, Philippines, 10–11 July 2019
Fredolin Tangang
South East Asia (SEA)
  1. Workshop of Access and Utilization of Regional

Climate Downscaled Data of ESGF/ SARCCIS of CORDEX Southeast Asia, 3 October 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

Fredolin Tangang
South East Asia (SEA)
  1. CORDEX SEA modeling groups in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and Philippines are involved in coordinated regional climate downscaling of 5 km x 5 km resolutions over a number of sub-domains of CORDEX SEA domain.
Fredolin Tangang APN
South East Asia (SEA)
  1. Invited to the meeting of the WMO Regional Climate Center Consortium on Nov 16, 2019 in Bangkok and made a presentation on CORDEX SEA ESGF/ SARCCIS Data Portal.
Fredolin Tangang
South Asia Collaborator in the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN) funded one year project (from August 2019) under its Capacity Development Programme (CAPaBLE) entitled “ICRC CORDEX 2019: Promoting Involvement of Early Career Scientists from the Asia-Pacific Region in Regional Integrated and Sustainable Development through Active Participation and Networking” led by Dr Shuyu Wang, Nanjing University, China, to provide support for Early Career Scientists (ECS) and students from the Asia-Pacific CORDEX communities to attend ICRC-CORDEX 2019 in Beijing 14-18 October 2019. Sanjay Jayanarayanan APN
South Asia Represented CORDEX South Asia in the regional workshop on “Climate Services for Water and Hydropower in South Asia” held as a part of an ongoing series of activities in South Asia under the Asia Regional Resilience to a Changing Climate (ARRCC) programme funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), and co-organised by the UK Met Office and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), in Kathmadu, Nepal during 24-26 September 2019. Sanjay Jayanarayanan DFID



South Asia Partner in a CORDEX Flagship Pilot Study (FPS) for 5 years (from September 2019) entitled “High resolution climate modelling with a focus on convection and associated precipitation over the Third Pole region” with Lead Investigator Dr Deliang Chen, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, with the objective to better understand the regional characteristics of water cycle and its variabilities and changes over the TP region. Sanjay Jayanarayanan IITM
South Asia Participated in the International Conference on “Regional Climate (ICRC-CORDEX–2019)” held at Beijing, China during 14-18 October 2019:

  • Presented a poster entitled “The Earth System Grid Federation Data Node in India for CORDEX South Asia and CMIP6 Data Dissemination”.
  • Provided technical support in Workshop-Oriented sessions to “The Regional Climate Model Evaluation System (RCMES): A Systematic Evaluation of CORDEX Simulations Using Satellite Observations (obs4MIPs)”.

Participated in the Early Career Scientist (ECS) event.

Sandip Ingle SMHI




South Asia Participated in the International Conference on “Regional Climate (ICRC-CORDEX–2019)” held at Beijing, China during 14-18 October 2019:

  • Presented an oral presentation entitled “RCMES Based Statistical Downscaling of CORDEX South Asia RCM Output Over India”.
  • Participated in Early Career Scientist (ECS) event.

Rapporteur for the Session on “Third Pole Environment: high resolution simulation/reanalysis and its implication/ application”.

Mahesh Ramadoss APN




South Asia CORDEX South Asia related publications in 2019

Book Chapters

  • Krishnan R., A. B. Shrestha, G. Ren, R. Rajbhandari, S. Saeed, J. Sanjay, Md. A. Syed, R. Vellore, Y. Xu, Q. You, Y. Ren: Unravelling Climate Change in the Hindu Kush Himalaya: Rapid Warming in the Mountains and Increasing Extremes. In: Wester P., Mishra A., Mukherji A., Shrestha A. (eds) The Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment. Springer, Cham, 2019, pp. 57-97, doi:


  • Vishnu, S., J. Sanjay, R. Krishnan (2019) Assessment of climatological tropical cyclone activity over the north Indian Ocean in the CORDEX-South Asia regional climate models, Clim Dyn, 53: 5101-5118,
  • Mukherjee, S., Hazra, A., Kumar, K. Nandi, S. K., Dhyani, P. P. (2019). Simulated projection of ISMR over Indian Himalayan region: assessment from CSIRO-CORDEX South Asia experiments. Meteorol Atmos Phys 131, 63–79.


Senatore, A., Hejabi, S., Mendicino, G., Bazrafshan, J., and Irannejad, P. (2019). Climate conditions and drought assessment with the Palmer Drought Severity Index in Iran: evaluation of CORDEX South Asia climate projections (2070–2099). Clim. Dyn. 52, 865–891. doi:10.1007/s00382-018-4171-x.

North America Pending
Central America Organization of special sessions:

Session 31: Climate Change Scenarios in CORDEX Domains. Organizers: Tereza Cavazos, Cecilia Conde, and Landy Sánchez. Scenarios Forum 2019: Forum on Scenarios for Climate and Societal Futures. University of Denver, March 11-13, 2019.

Central America Participation in annual congress

Luna-Nino R.B. and T. Cavazos, 2019: Inter-annual variability and trends of the subtropical jet stream over the CORDEX-CAM domain during 1980-2010. RAUGM 2019. 27 Oct-1 Nov 2019, Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico.

South America CORDEX-ICRC-2019
Early career scientists and researchers from SAM participated in the CORDEX-International Conference on Regional Climate held from 14-18 October 2019 in Beijing, China. Several abstracts have been presented at the conference.Publications
Ambrizzi, T., Reboita, M. S., da Rocha, R. P., & Llopart, M. (2019). The state of the art and fundamental aspects of regional climate modeling in South America. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1436(1), 98-120.
Bozkurt D, M Rojas, JP Boisier, R Rondanelli (2019). Dynamical downscaling over the complex terrain of southwest South America: present climate conditions and added value analysis. Climate Dynamics, 2019.
da Silva, FNR, JLD Alves, M Cataldi (2019). Climate downscaling over South America for 1971-200: application in SMAP rainfall-runoff model for Grand River Basin. Climate dynamics.
Falco, M., Carril, A. F., Menéndez, C. G., Zaninelli, P. G. and Li, L. Z. X. (2019). Assessment of CORDEX simulations over South America: added value on seasonal climatology and resolution considerations. Climate Dynamics, 52 (7-8), 4771–4786.
Glisan J, R Jones, C Lennard, N I Castillo Pérez, P Lucas-Picher, A Rinke, S Solman, W J. Gutowski (2019). A Metrics-Based Analysis of Seasonal Daily Precipitation and Near-Surface Temperature within Seven CORDEX Domains. Atmospheric Science Letters. DOI: 10.1002/asl.897.
Menéndez, C. G., Giles, J., Ruscica, R., Zaninelli, P., Coronato, T., Falco, M., Sörensson, A., Fita, L., Carril, A. and Li, L. (2019). Temperature variability and soil–atmosphere interaction in South America simulated by two regional climate models. Climate Dynamics, 53, Issues 5-6), 2919–2930.
Posada-Marín, JA , AM Rendón, JF Salazar, JF Mejía (2019). WRF-downscaling improves ERA-Interim representation of precipitation around a tropical Andean valley during El Niño: implications for GCMscale simulation. Climate dynamics
Solman S. and Blázquez J. (2019). Multiscale precipitation variability over South America: Analysis of the added value of CORDEX RCM simulations. Clim Dyn, 10.1007/s00382-019-04689-1.
Spinoni J, P Barbosa, N McCormick, G Naumann, J V. Vogt, J Katzfey, B Rockel, B Geyer, D Li, L Kurnaz, T Ozturk, R Porfirio da Rocha, M Llopart, S. A. Solman, G Zittis, P Hadjinicolaou, F Tangang, G Nikulin, T Koenig, C J. Lennard, E Coppola, J Cassano, T Cavazos, K Winger, R Laprise, E Bucchignani, J Evans, J H. Christensen, H-Juergen Panitz, O B. Christensen, C Teichmann, D Jacob, J Syktus, K Keuler, R Vautard, A Dosio (2019). Future global meteorological drought hotspots. A study based on CORDEX data. J of Climate.
Zaninelli, P. G., Menéndez, C. G., Falco, M., López-Franca, N. and Carril, A. F. (2019). Future hydroclimatological changes in South America based on an ensemble of regional climate models. Climate Dynamics, 52(1-2), 819–830.
Several colleagues of CORDEX SAM have participated as Lead Authors, Contributing Authors and Reviewers of the WGI and Atlas of the IPCC AR6 contributing with their expertise in regional climate assessments.

FPS Southeastern-South America
In the framework of the activities of the FPS in Southeastern South America 3 scientific stays were carried out: a 3-month doctoral stay at CIMA/University of Buenos Aires was completed by MSc Alvaro Lavín-Gullón from the University of Cantabria, Spain. Two scientific stays at the Institute of Physics/University of Cantabria (IFCA/UCAN) were carried out by researchers from the University of São Paulo and University of Buenos Aires.





For past Euro-CORDEX publications please look at:

New EURO-CORDEX member publications in peer review journals – 2019:

  1. Berg, P.; Christensen, O. B.; Klehmet, K.; Lenderink, G.; Olsson, J.; Teichmann, C. & Yang, W. Summertime precipitation extremes in a EURO-CORDEX 0.11° ensemble at an hourly resolution, Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 2019 , 19 , 957-971
  2. Bülow, K.; Huebener, H.; Keuler, K.; Menz, C.; Pfeifer, S.; Ramthun, H.; Spekat, A.; Steger, C.; Teichmann, C. & Warrach-Sagi, K. User tailored results of a regional climate model ensemble to plan adaption to the changing climate in Germany Advances in Science and Research, 2019 , 16 , 241-249
  3. Cardoso, R.M., P.M.M. Soares, D.C.A. Lima and Pedro M.A. Miranda, 2019: Mean and extreme temperatures in a warming climate: EURO CORDEX and WRF regional climate high-resolution projections for Portugal. Climate Dynamics, 52, 129-157. doi:10.1007/s00382-018-4124-4
  4. Casanueva, A., Kotlarski, S., Herrera, S., Fischer, A. M., Kjellstrom, T., and Schwierz, C.: Climate projections of a multivariate heat stress index: the role of downscaling and bias correction, Geosci. Model Dev., 12, 3419–3438,, 2019.
  5. Fernández J., M. D. Frías, W. D. Cabos, A. S. Cofiño, M. Domínguez, L. Fita, M. A. Gaertner, M. García-Díez, J. M. Gutiérrez, P. Jiménez-Guerrero, G. Liguori, J. P. Montávez, R. Romera, E. Sánchez (2019) Consistency of climate change projections from multiple global and regional model intercomparison projects. Climate Dynamics 52:1139-1156
  6. Kotlarski S., P. Szabó, S. Herrera, O. Räty, K. Keuler; P. M. Soares, R.M. Cardoso et al. 2019: Observational uncertainty and regional climate model evaluation: A pan-European perspective.International Journal of Climatology, 39(9), 3730–3749.
  7. Nogueira, M., Soares, P.M.M., Tomé, R., Cardoso, R.M., 2019: High-resolution multi-model projections of onshore wind resources over Portugal under a changing climate. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 136(1-2), 347-362.
  8. Kämäräinen, M.; Hyvärinen, O.; Vajda, A.; Nikulin, G.; Meijgaard, E. v.; Teichmann, C.; Jacob, D.; Gregow, H. & Jylhä, K., Estimates of Present-Day and Future Climatologies of Freezing Rain in Europe Based on CORDEX Regional Climate Models, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2019 , 123 , 13,291-13,304,
  9. Langendijk, G.S. Rechid, D. and Jacob, D. (2019) Urban Areas and Urban–Rural Contrasts under Climate Change: What Does the EURO-CORDEX Ensemble Tell Us? Investigating Near Surface Humidity in Berlin and Its Surroundings .Atmosphere10, 730.
  10. Pfeifer S, Rechid D, Reuter M, Viktor E, Jacob D (2019): 1.5°, 2°, and 3° global warming: visualizing European regions affected by multiple changes. Regional Environmental Change (2019) 19:1777–1786,
  11. Zittis, G., Hadjinicolaou, P., Klangidou, M. et al. (2019) A multi-model, multi-scenario, and multi-domain analysis of regional climate projections for the Mediterranean. Reg Environ Change

New FPS Publications:

FPS Convection:

  • Coppola, E., Sobolowski, S., et al., A first-of-its-kind multi-model convection permitting ensemble for investigating convective phenomena over Europe and the Mediterranean, Climate Dynamics, , s2018.
  • Lavín-Gullón A., J. Fernández, S. Bastin, R. M. Cardoso, L. Fita, T. M. Giannaros, K. Goergen, J. M. Gutiérrez, S. Kartsios, E.  Katragkou, T. Lorenz, J. Milovac, P. M. M. Soares, S. Sobolowski, K. Warrach-Sagi (2019) Internal variability vs multi-physics uncertainty in a regional climate model.under review in Clim Dyn
  • Chan et al., Europe-wide precipitation projections at convection permitting scale with the Unified Model”, under review in Clim Dyn


  • Davin et al., Biogeophysical impacts of forestation in Europe: First results from the LUCAS Regional Climate Model intercomparison, Earth Syst. Dynam. Discuss.,, in review, 2019 (accepted)
  • Breil et al., The opposing effects of afforestation on the diurnal temperature cycle at the surface and in the atmospheric surface layer in the European summer, under review in J Clim
POCs: Daniela Jacob, Claas Teichmann (Climate Service Center Germany GERICS), Stefan Sobolowski (Uni Research Climate-BCCR), Eleni Katragkou (AUTH).

  • Dynamical Downscaling: Stefan Sobolowski (Uni Research Climate-BCCR), Eleni Katragkou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
  • Climate Information Distillation: Douglas Maraun (Uni Graz), Andreas Haensler Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS)

Statistical Downscaling: Rasmus Benestad (Norwegian Meteorological Institute), J.M. Guttierez (University of Cantabria

Europe 28-30 January
EURO-CORDEX GA, hosted in GERICS Hamburg
D. Jacob, C. Teichmann
Europe 30 January
FPS LUCAS side meeting, hosted in GERICS, Hamburg
D. Rechid with E. Davin, N. de Noblet, E. Katragkou
Europe January 2019-onwards
Contribution to the IPCC AR6 – Chapter Atlas: Europe
D Jacob, C. Teichmann, S. Sobolowski, E. Katragkou
Europe 7-12 April
1.Regional climate modeling, including CORDEX (CL5.01)
2.CORDEX FPS Convection splinter meeting (by invitation only)
3. Convection permitting modeling (CL5.04)
1. Giorgi et al.
2. S.Sobolowski
3. S. Sobolowski, M. Tölle, H. Truhetz (co-conveners) et  al.
Europe 17 May
Submission of the Jacob et al. EURO-CORDEX paper in REEC (revision submitted 31.10)
Title: Regional climate downscaling over Europe: perspectives from the EURO-CORDEX community
D. Jacob, C. Teichmann, S. Sobolowski, E. Katragkou and the EURO-CORDEX partners
Europe 9-13 September
Climate modelling (UP3.5)
Convener: Stefan Sobolowski
Europe 24-27 September
FPS –LUCAS annual meeting, hosted in GERICS, Hamburg
D. Rechid with E. Davin, N. de Noblet, E. Katragkou
Europe 14-18 October
ICRC – CORDEX Beijing, China
Participants: C. Teichmann, S. Sobolowski, K. Goergen, E. Coppola, T. Weber, P. Hoffman, G. Langedijk, G. Nikulin, E. Kjellstrom, D. Belusic, A. Remedio, and more…
Europe 26-28 November
FPS –CPS annual meeting, hosted by Meteo-FR, Toulouse
S. Sobolowski,  E. Coppola,
MED “Med-CORDEX is an open club of Mediterranean climate model developers and users ; self-organised and based on voluntary efforts. It is currently endorsed by WCRP CORDEX, MISTRALS, Med-CLIVAR and MedECC.”
MED Med-CORDEX phase 2 simulations

  • The description of the Med-CORDEX phase 2 simulations including 5 modelling pillars can be found in Somot et al. 2018b and on
  • Baseline runs: 11 modelling groups are participating with fully-coupled Regional Climate System Models (RCSM), 10 RCSM are ready to be used, 6 evaluation runs have been performed for this phase 2 as well as 6 historical/scenario runs.
  • FPS-convection: 11 evaluation runs are completed over the alpin domain as well as 6 historical/scenario pairs (end of the 21st century, RCP8.5, 10-year time slices).
  • FPS-aerosol: simulations have been performed for the 5 defined protocols, in particular 6 pairs of runs are available for protocol 1B (scenario with aerosol climatologies) and 8 runs for protocol 2A (case study with interaction aerosols)
  • FPS-airsea: various Baseline runs have been performed and sensitivity tests to the sea representation and air-sea coupling representation are in preparation
  • Concerning the Free Modelling Zone runs, 15 modelling actions are listed with model outputs available on request (see the list on
MED Med-CORDEX dissemination

  • Up to now, the Med-CORDEX database (phase 1 simulations) includes 85 datasets, 14 institutes, 7 To uploaded, 36 To downloaded by 250 users
  • The Med-CORDEX dissemination can rely on a mailing list of data users, a web page for news, database statistics and an explicit data policy
  • The Med-CORDEX phase 1 simulations contribute to MedECC-MAR1 (to be published in 2020), IPCC-AR6 (to be published in 2021) and C3S (simulations to be included in the Climate Data Store in 2020)
  • Between 2011 and 2019, 99 scientific articles have been published using Med-CORDEX simulations including a Climate Dynamics special issue in 2018 (list available on
MED Med-CORDEX organization

  • The Med-CORDEX Steering Committee includes 6 members from Italy, Germany, France and Spain. The Med-CORDEX SC meets remotely every 2 months.
  • The 6th Med-CORDEX workshop was held in Toulouse at the end of November 2019 with 89 participants on-site and 28 remote participants. This is the biggest Med-CORDEX workshop so far. More information here
  • The 3 Med-CORDEX related FPS (convection, airsea, aerosol) had their annual meeting during the 6th Med-CORDEX workshop allowing some cross-FPS fertilization.
  • The 3 Med-CORDEX related FPS (convection, airsea, aerosol) have their own emailing list for communication
  • The FPS-convection and the FPS-aerosol have their own wiki page on which information can be found concerning the participants, simulation protocol and model outputs



Somot S., Ruti P., Ahrens B., Coppola E., Jordà G., Sannino G., Solmon F. (2018b). Editorial for the Med-CORDEX special issue. Clim. Dyn. 51(3):771-777, doi: 10.1007/s00382-018-4325-x,

MENA All RCM groups involved have already completed their simulations a while ago (, although many are still straggling with making their CORDEX simulations available on ESGF. The first MENA simulations from the Bogazici University (BOUN , Turkey) were made available on ESGF in December 2019. Nikulin Grigory, Panos Hadjinicolaou




Domain Activities 2018

Domain Activity Contact/responsible Funder
Polar CORDEX Polar Cordex workshop
Venue: Institute of Geophysics Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland
Date: 17-19 October 2018
Objective: The objective of the workshop is to present and discuss results from individual models, and also from multi-model intercomparison studies. Particularly, we will discuss results of the newly planned (i) analysis of Arctic Cordex models using ASCOS observational data of year 2014 and (ii) simulations of Antarctic projections contributing to ISMIP6.
Anette Rinke, John Cassano, Andrew Orr
Africa 2nd CORDEX-Africa VIA workshop 12-16 February 2018 in Cape Town.



Chris Lennard
Australasia The post-processing of the simulations in progress.

A few more simulations have started in 2018.

Jason Evans, Jack Katzfey
Central Asia
East Asia Simulation and projection on lower warming of 1.5C are planned in NJU in 2018.

Preparation of ESGF data node for EA domain (the service trial is planned to be started in 2nd half of 2018)

Jianping Tang, Shuyu Wang


Young-Hwa Byun





Asia Regional downscaling session in AOGS2018, 3-8 June 2018, Honolulu Hawaii Dong-Hyun Cha
South East Asia (SEA) SEA-workshop 2018.

Title: CORDEX SEA 1st 2018 Workshop

Venue: Kuala Lumpur

Date: 7-9 May 2018


1. Final workshop of 1st Phase of CORDEX SEA (Launching CORDEX SEA ESGF datanode , final report, outreach)

2. Second Technical Workshop of 2nd Phase of CORDEX SEA of high-resolution simulation

3. Discussion on CORDEX CORE Simulation

Fredolin Tangang
South Asia CCCR-IITM activities:

·      Will contribute to CORDEX CORE with existing  simulations at 50 km grid spacing

·      Apply bias-correction to the CORDEX South Asia RCM outputs and publish on CCCR-IITM ESGF data node as CORDEX-Adjusted datasets

·      CCCR-IITM is developing a global high resolution (27km) atmospheric version of the IITM Earth System Model for future downscaling activities

Sanjay Jayanarayanan
North America
Central America See South America See South America
South America 25-27 June Regional training Workshop/CORDEX in La Paz, Bolivia, for the South/Central American domains.

–          Apr 2018, Session at EGU Vienna, Austria. CL5.06: Regional climate modeling, including CORDEX. (Filippo Giorgi, Ray Arritt, and Ivan Guettler).

–          Apr 2018, Session at EGU, Vienna, Austria. CL4.12: Climate change and its impacts in the Latin America and Caribbean region (Raymond Arrit, Maria Laura Bettolli , Ruth Cerezo-Mota , Tannecia Stephenson)

–          Modelación Regional del Clima (Ruth Cerezo-Mota and Cuahtémoc Turrent).

–          29-31 Oct 2018, Special Session at UGM, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico: Regional climate modeling and CORDEX (Tereza Cavazos, R. Cerezo-Mota)

–          Creation of an interactive web page with regional climate data for the CAM-CORDEX region (historical trends and historical output from 3 regional models – PRECIS, RegCM4, and RCA, and several observational data sets). Coordinators: T Cavazos and Ruth Cerezo.

–          Submission of an article to Int. J. Climatol.: Inter-comparison of regional climate models and climatic trends in the Central America CORDEX (CAM-CORDEX) domain by T. Cavazos, R Luna-Niño, R. Cerezo-Mota, L.F. Pineda, M. Mendez, R. Fuentes-Franco and E. Valenzuela.


Silvina Solman, Ray, Tereza Cavazos








-IAS/ UNAM, etc.






























Europe FPS Convection Perimitting Modeling workshop Boulder, CO 4-6 September, 2018 (Lead investigators: Stefan Sobolowski (UniRes), Erika Coppola (ICTP))

The workshop was run for 3 full days and was officially sponsored by WCRP through GEWEX.

Stefan Sobolowski, Eleni Katragkou





Europe FPS LUCAS annual meeting                                                                                                                                              The FPS-LUCAS  (Impact of land use changes on climate in Europe across spatial and temporal scales) lead investigators; D. Rechid (GERICS), N. de Noblet-Ducoudre (Universite Paris Saclay) , E. Katragkou (AUTH), E. Davin (ETH)) agreed to organize an FPS-LUCAS annual meeting, in Thessaloniki, Greece 1-2 October 2018. Stefan Sobolowski, Eleni Katragkou


MED – The groups participating to the baseline simulations and to the FPS-airsea met in Majorca in March 2018 in a Med-CORDEX / Baltic Earth joint meeting

– The FPS-aerosol group met in Toulouse in 12-13 June 2018

Med-CORDEX will contribute to the MedECC report, that can be seen as a regional climate change assessment report targeting the stakeholders,

– Concerning scientific publications, the emphasis will be put on multi-model studies using the coupled RCSM scenario simulations (phase 1 and baseline runs) and on the first FPS-related publications.

Erika Coppola
MENA 2nd MENA-CORDEX meeting in the framework of the Pre-conference Workshops (16-17 May) before the high-level International Conference: Climate Change in the Mediterranean and the Middle East: Challenges & Solutions, (, Cyprus. Nikulin Grigory, Panos Hadjinicolaou




Domain Activities 2017


Domain Activity Contact/responsible Funder
Arctic  The ESD tool is followed by users spread over a large number of countries:


Rasmus Benestad
Polar CORDEX Future activities and developments

– Continuation of multi-model analyses for Arctic CORDEX.

– At the moment there are few Antarctic simulations, but the plan is to enable multi-model intercomparison studies.




Anette Rinke, John Cassano, Andrew Orr
Africa Some post-processing to submit for the CORDEX Africa domain, later on also post-process output for other CORDEX domains (simulations are global).



Francois Engelbrecht
Australasia THREDDS link for the data available soon, the data will be published on the ESGF when some issues with implementation sorted.

CORDEX-Australasia happening 6 Feb 2017, partly planning for CORDEX2, potential Flagship proposals etc

Jason Evans
Central Asia Will be doing post-processing and impact analysis in the very near future.


Levent Kurnaz
East Asia We will also invite some researchers in order to contribute CORDEX in the next fiscal year, if possible.


Hidetaka Sasaki
Asia CORDEX and regional downscaling session in AOGS2017, 6-11 August, Singapore


CORDEX-Asia ESD session during the International Workshop on Climate Downscaling Studies, 2-4 October 2017, Tsukuba, Japan.

CORDEX Asia ESD Project Meeting, 4 October, Tuskuba, Japan

H. Kang,

J. Evans


Koji Dairaku


Koji Dairaku

South Asia ·    Future Climate Change Projections over India assessed using CORDEX South Asia RCM outputs (


·    The new information available from CORDEX South Asia are found useful for contributing to the Hindu Kush Himalayan Monitoring and Assessment Programme (HIMAP;

Sanjay Jayanarayanan
North America Completed will be made available on the NA-CORDEX website. Received some funding for processing and publishing the data.


Linda Mearns
Central America –          Mar 14-16, 2017: Workshop “The Science of Climate Change: a focus on Central America and the Caribbean Islands”, Antigua, Guatemala. (Ricardo Farnetti).

–          Apr 2017: Session on “Dynamic Regional Climate Modeling.”, EGU, Vienna (Filippo Giorgi, Ray Arritt)


–          Nov 2017: Special Session at UGM, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. SE04: Modelación Climática Regional / Regional Climate Modeling (Ruth Cerezo-Mota and Cuahtémoc Turrent).
















South America See Central America
Europe EURO-CORDEX GA 2017, 31/1-2/2. Highlighting:

* Scientific progress

* FPS: convection and LUCAS

* Guidelines etc


LUCAS FPS-meeting 30/1-2017

the Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research (IMK-TRO) at the Karlsruhe Insitute of Technology (KIT) plan contributions to two FPSs which both are already accepted.

– LUCAS (Land Use & Climate Across Scales) (Lead: Diana Reid, GERICS)

– Convection phenomena at high resolution over Europe and the Mediterranean  (Lead: Erika Coppola (ICTP, Triest, Italy) and Stefan Sobolowski (Uni Research Climate & the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, Bergen, Norway) will be submitting data to the ESGF portals soon.

FPS-Convective phenomena at high resolution over Europe and the Mediterranean

Kick off meeting:  3-4 November 2016, Trieste-Italy. Participants from EURO&MED – CORDEX. Aim to further refine the scientific aims, address the concerns of the reviewers and finalize an experiment protocol so that teams can get started in early 2017.

FPS – Impact of land use changes on climate in Europe across spatial and temporal scales

1st telecon planned November 2016 to discuss about details of the experimental protocol.

Kick off meeting: 1 day during the last week of January 2017, Hamburg-Germany. Participants from EURO-CORDEX

IPCC 1.5degree report

Simulations: So far 16 simulations for RCP2.6 in the  EUR-0.11 domain  and 18 simulations for RCP2.6 in EUR-0.44 domain. The simulation table continuously updated.

The Bjerknes Centre is involved in HAPPIMIP, some output available for downscaling with REMO and WRF. Interested persons can contact Dr. Stefan Sobolowski ( for more information.

A manuscript in preparation on the +1.5C period using existing Euro-CORDEX data and the IMPACT2C methodology (Sobolowski et al)

A Wiki page was recently opened to collect 1.5degree –related activities.

COST action entitled: “Action on Climate Information Distillation”

During the ICRC-CORDEX 2016 meeting in Stockholm, there was an initiative for a COST action on Climate Information Distillation. A proposal is prepared including EURO-CORDEX participation.

Scientific issues involved (preliminary): error attribution, plausibility checks, process understanding (large and local scales), concepts for linking present biases to future changes, resolving contradictions, exploring deep uncertainties, exploring indigenous knowledge, developing concepts to integrate ensembles and different types of information (incl. deep uncertainties  and indigenous knowledge), communication concepts, understanding scale dependencies

A guide on EURO-CORDEX climate projections and its use is currently in preparation.

CORDEX cross-domain model evaluation pilot-project

EURO-CORDEX expressed interest in participation in the CORDEX cross-domain model evaluation project.

Description: A step towards developing some common ground in model evaluation for CORDEX, by applying a few simple performance metrics across as many domains/models as possible using a handful of relevant satellite datasets and a small number of reanalysis fields.

EURO-CORDEX publications will be uploaded to:


Get the postprocessing and compliancy check of the WRF model Klaus Goergenoutputs done so data may go online on ESGF.

Claas Teichman

Hans-Juergen Paritz









Bert van Schayebroeck

Eleni Katragkou

MED Kick-off meetings to refine the FPS run protocol are being organised.

– Most of the simulations planned in the Med-CORDEX phase 1 have been completed.

111 simulations by 22 different modelling groups including 64 atmosphere simulations, 11 ocean simulations, 6 land-surface simulations and 30 coupled simulations using RCSM (Regional Climate System Models). See the list here


– List of the scientific publications concerning phase 1 runs: This means 77 publications since 2011 including 25 articles in the Climate Dynamics special issue dedicated to Med-CORDEX. 13 manuscripts out of the 25 use a multi-model approach, 13 manuscripts out of the 25 have co-authorship from more that one institute. First authors come from institutes in France (12), Italy (5), Germany (3), Spain (2), Tunisia (1), Greece (1), Croatia (1).


– Med-CORDEX database ( 140.000 files for 7 To of data. Since August 2012, 577.000 files have been downloaded meaning more than 23 To by about 200 users. The Atmosphere-RCM data are being transferred to the COPERNICUS  Climate Data (project C3S_34b_lot1).


– The reference Med-CORDEX article is Ruti et al. 2016 in BAMS and Med-CORDEX simulations were used for the first time in an highly-cited journal Nature Geoscience (Giorgi et al. 2016).

– The organization of the Med-CORDEX phase 2 has been finalized in 2017 with 5 main pillars:

–                                         The baseline simulations using coupled RCSMs including at least the following components: atmosphere, land, river, ocean. The CORDEX framework is kept for these beasline runs with evaluation runs (1979-2018) and scenario runs (RCP8.5, 1950-2100). A common simulation protocol has been finalized. These simulations represent a natural link with the Med-CORDEX phase 1.

–          The FPS convection

–          The FPS air-sea

–          The FPS aerosol

–          The Free Modelling Zone (FMZ) that allows to test the current CORDEX modelling protocols and to explore new ideas.


– Meetings: The 5th Med-CORDEX workshop was held in Barcelona in July 2017 jointly with the HyMeX workshop and included specific FPS sessions and discussions. In addition, the FPS-convection group met in Hamburg in January 2017 and in Trieste in November 2017.


– Med-CORDEX was strongly involved in the MISTRALS workshop in Montpellier (France) October 2017 dealing with the Mediterranean impacts of climate change



Samuel Somot, Erika Coppola, Bodo Ahrens, Gabriel Jordá, Gianmaria Sannino, Fabien Solmon – MISTRALS meta-programme: 10 to 20 keuros/year

– National projects: ANR REMEMBER (France), MARCO (Spain)