Improving the reliability and added value of dynamical downscaling via correction of large scale errors: A Norwegian perspective

HAPpy Hour Seminar

Sep. 7, 2018

3:30 pm MDT

NCAR Foothills Lab, FL2-3107
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Heavy precipitation and associated flooding are major concerns for western Norway under both present climate conditions and projected future scenarios. In winter, these events are mostly caused by North Atlantic low pressure systems. However, the storm track in this region is systematically biased in most global climate models. Further, these models are unable to capture the interactions between synoptic systems and the complex topography due to their coarse resolution, which contributes to poor representation of precipitation. In this talk I will show results from a study where we employed a correction technique to remove the mean biases from multiple variables in a global earth system model (NorESM1-M), and subsequently dynamically downscaled a 38-year period (1980-2018). The effect of the bias correction was a more realistic storm track and an improved precipitation distribution in southern Norway. Our results indicate that it is possible to enhance the reliability of regional climate simulations with positive implications for regional climate projections and climate change impact studies.

Marie Pontoppidan, Ph.D. student at Uni Research Climate and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research in Bergen Norway