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New project: High-resolution climate projections

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Dec 15 2019
High-resolution climate projections

We are happy to announce that our project High-resolution climate projections project was selected by the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) for deployment as a use case. The project aims at producing a dataset of high-resolution CMIP5 climate projections through statistical downscaling using the latest C3S reanalysis products: ERA5 and ERA5-Land. Those reanalyses are becoming the most widely used data products to understand historical climate in adaptation studies, especially where observational data are scarce. Having CMIP5 projections on the same spatial resolution at daily scale provides a seamless view of the possible future climate.

During the first part of 2020, six essential climate land surface variables from all the CMIP5 projections available on the CDS are being downscaled globally (≈25x25km) using ERA5 and over Europe (≈9x9km) using ERA5-Land. Those six variables, the most requested by adaptation professionals, are temperature (daily, minimum, and maximum), surface precipitation, wind speed, and solar radiation. The data will be quality assured and methodological uncertainties will be quantified.

The Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) is part of the European Union's Copernicus Programme, which is a comprehensive earth observation and monitoring program. C3S is aimed specifically at providing reliable and accurate information about the past, present, and future states of the climate in Europe and across the world. It supports a wide array of activities ranging from policy-making and business operations to informing the general public about climate change.

Update: since then project we have updated our climate data catalog with high-resolution CMIP6 projections

For more  visit the C3S project page.

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