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CORDEX African Impact Atlas

 
 
Researchers in the CORDEX-Africa project have started an initiative to co-develop knowledge on climate change impacts in Africa. Co-ordinated at the University of Cape Town with support from the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) and the Climate Service Centre in Germany, the plan is to develop a climate atlas showing the regional effects of various climate scenarios as a support for important functions in society.
 
The atlas would present a systematic regional analysis on the effects of 1.5, 2 and 4 degrees of global warming based on local needs in order to provide support for the many communities that do not currently have any detailed information about climate developments. A plan for the atlas was presented at the Earth Info Day at COP 22 in Marrakech in early November and project launch could be as early as 2017, if funding can be secured. For more information see the SMHI News item.

CORDEX Highlights

 Applications are now invited for groups within, and linked to, CORDEX communities across the globe to propose 'Flagship Pilot Studies (FPS)'. The FPS will focus on sub-continental-scale targeted regions, so as to allow a number of capabilities towards addressing key scientific questions and needs of the vulnerability, impact & adaptation community and end users. FPS proposals should be driven by the regional CORDEX communities, although sharing common protocols so as to allow easier exchange of know-how. FPS proposals will be reviewed and endorsed by the CORDEX SAT, together with selected external reviewers, according to the criteria listed in the 'FPS Criteria & Guidelines' document. Further details on the FPS, together with instructions on how to submit your proposal and an application template, can be found here or under the Experiment Guidelines tab of the menu above.

There will be 3 deadlines per year for FPS proposals; 15th February, 15th June and 15th October. The third deadline for applications will be Saturday 15th October 2016 and the successful proposals from this round will be presented at the CORDEX web.

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Flagship Pilot Studies

http://www.cordex.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=276:fps-2&catid=117&Itemid=735

Five FPS propsals, out of nine, were selected from the first round of submissions and announced at the last day of the ICRC-CORDEX 2016 conference;

South America: Extreme precipitation events in Southeastern South America: a proposal for a better understanding and modeling

Europe+ Mediterranean; Convective phenomena at high resolution over Europe and the Mediterranean

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

Mediterranean; Role of the natural and anthropogenic aerosols in the Mediterranean region: past climate variability and future climate sensitivity

Mediterranean; Role of the air-sea coupling and small scale ocean processess on regional climate

More information about the endorsed FPS proposals can be found here or under the CORDEX News tab of the menu above.