Domain Activities 2017/2018

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)





Planned Domain Activities 2018

Domain Activity Contact/responsible Funder
Polar COrdex Workshop on Polar lows and extreme weather events                                                                                                                               Venue: University of Trier, Trier, Germany                                                                               Date: Spring (first week of April, just before EGU) 2018                                                       Objective: The workshop will discuss newest results of polar mesocyclones in both hemispheres, and includes also other mesoscale weather phenomena such as katabatic winds, tip jets, boundary layer fronts, cold air outbreaks, and Arctic fronts. Recent experimental, climatological, modeling, and remote sensing studies on polar lows and mesoscale processes will be discussed. Anette Rinke, John Cassano, Andrew Orr
Polar CORDEX Polar Cordex workshop
Venue: Institute of Geophysics Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland
Date: Autumn 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 from12-16 February 2018 in Cape Town.



Chris Lennard
Australasia The post-processing of the simulations in progress. Should be on ESGF in first quarter of next year.

A few more simulations have started/are planned 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 East Asia SEA-workshop 2018.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Title: CORDEX SEA 2nd 2018 Workshop

Venue: Manila

Tentative Date: 20 – 23 Nov 2018


1. Third Technical Workshop of 2nd Phase of CORDEX SEA of high-resolution simulation & discussion on progress

2. CORDEX CORE Simulation discussion on progress

Fredolin Tangang
South Asia CCCR-IITM planned 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 Regional training Workshop/CORDEX in La Paz, Bolivia, for the South/Central American domains.                                                                                                                                  4-5 Invited speakers/trainers. Approximately 30 participants.

–          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).

–          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 Fall, 2018 (Lead investigators: Stefan Sobolowski (UniRes), Erika Coppola (ICTP))

The workshop will run for 3 full days and will be workshop 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 end of June (28-29) 2018. Stefan Sobolowski, Eleni Katragkou


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


– The FPS-aerosol group will meet in Toulouse in June 2018


– The FPS-convection group will meet in Hamburg in January 2018 and will probably meet again in November or December 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