Special Issue "Regional Climate Modelling"
A special issue of Climate (ISSN 2225-1154).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2019).
Interests: climate dynamics, variability and change; short-term extreme events; influence weather and climate on wildfire, ecosystems, food production, water quality and resources
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Regional Climate Modelling (RCM) is a dynamical downscaling technique for weather and climate simulations at high spatial (and temporal) resolutions. In essence, RCM is performed with Regional Climate Models (RCMs) which are global climate models (GCMs), but with higher spatial resolutions. RCMs are then able to take into account smaller scale features, short-duration events, and other components/processes of the climate system in order to generate spatially-detailed and comprehensive climate data and high-resolution regional climate projections.
RCM have been used for dynamical downscaling for about three decades and the during this period, several developments have been noticed, including coupling with other models, increased resolution and complexity. Consequently, multi-decadal and centennial RCM simulations have emerged, while coordinated experiments and ensembles have become widespread.
Nevertheless, long and very high-resolution RCMs runs are very recent and still rather few in number, while simulations are still affected by errors and uncertainty. However, a higher resolution tends to increase model skill and the added value of RCM is incontestable.
This Special Issue aims to contribute to the state-of-the-art of RCM and welcomes review and original studies. Topics of interest include, but are not limited, to the following:
- Underlying principles and climate processes studies
- Weather and climate models’ developments, evaluation and (inter)comparison
- Weather forecasting and climate projection techniques
- Model limitations, robustness, errors, predictability and uncertainty
- Error assessment and correction
- Modelling extreme climate events
- Past climate and future scenarios simulations
- RCMs future challenges and prospects
Dr. Mário Gonzalez Pereira
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