Articles | Volume 14
Adv. Sci. Res., 14, 261–269, 2017
Adv. Sci. Res., 14, 261–269, 2017

  27 Jul 2017

27 Jul 2017

Deriving user-informed climate information from climate model ensemble results

Heike Huebener1, Peter Hoffmann2, Klaus Keuler3, Susanne Pfeifer4, Hans Ramthun5, Arne Spekat2,6, Christian Steger7, and Kirsten Warrach-Sagi8 Heike Huebener et al.
  • 1Hessian Agency for Nature Conservation, Environment and Geology (HLNUG), 65203 Wiesbaden, Germany
  • 2Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung (PIK), 14473 Potsdam, Germany
  • 3Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU) Cottbus-Senftenberg, Department of Environmental Meteorology, 03046 Cottbus, Germany
  • 4Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS) Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, 20095 Hamburg, Germany
  • 5Deutsches Klimarechenzentrum (DKRZ), 20146 Hamburg, Germany
  • 6Climate and Environment Consulting Potsdam GmbH (CEC), 14469 Potsdam, Germany
  • 7Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD), 63067 Offenbach, Germany
  • 8University of Hohenheim, Department of Physics and Meteorology, 70593 Stuttgart, Germany

Abstract. Communication between providers and users of climate model simulation results still needs to be improved. In the German regional climate modeling project ReKliEs-De a midterm user workshop was conducted to allow the intended users of the project results to assess the preliminary results and to streamline the final project results to their needs. The user feedback highlighted, in particular, the still considerable gap between climate research output and user-tailored input for climate impact research. Two major requests from the user community addressed the selection of sub-ensembles and some condensed, easy to understand information on the strengths and weaknesses of the climate models involved in the project.

Short summary
There is still a large gap between climate research results and their use in climate impact research and policy advisory. One of the many approaches taken to reduce this gap was a midterm user workshop of the German project ReKliEs-De. The users were asked to guide the further project work towards their needs. Conclusions from the workshop included the need for more plain text guidance on climate model strengths and weaknesses as well as more research on climate impact system functioning.