NCPP Quantitative Evaluation of Downscaling

August 12-16, 2013, NCAR Foothills Laboratory, Boulder, Colorado


Modeling regional hydrology (image courtesy of Dr. Andrew Wood, NCAR)

We envision a community approach for objective, quantitative evaluation of techniques to downscale climate model predictions and projections. The Quantitative Evaluation of Downscaling (QED) 2013 workshop focused on evaluation of downscaled datasets and derived indices related to applications from several sectors.

This workshop is a part of a larger effort by NCPP and partner organizations to develop a standardized evaluation framework for local and regional climate information.

The workshop is coordinated with other efforts, such as the proposed National Academy Panel on downscaling methods and decision making and the recently initiated European Union COST project VALUE (Validating and Integrating Downscaling Methods for Climate Change Research).

The targeted user of NCPP efforts for the workshop and in general is a practitioner with experience in the use of climate information in their region and applications focus; a scientist who is bridging climate science and climate impacts applications; a user who might be a city planner, from a public health department, from a water management institution, a risk assessment advisor, thinking about the impacts of weather and climate on their city, watershed or region.

The applications focus of this first workshop is on:

A goal of our evaluation workshop this summer is to assist the targeted communities in planning. This may include determining what type of information is needed by practitioners, defining how to choose between different data sets that can be used to obtain the necessary information, and/or providing narratives on past and future impacts.

The main focus of the workshop was on quantitative evaluation of the quality of downscaled datasets, and the ability of that information to represent indices relevant to the specific sectors.

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Last Update: March 26, 2014, 8:17 p.m. by Ricky Rood
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