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High resolution Western Canada “quasi-warming” climate model simulation data

Description:

The Weather Research Forecasting model can simulate weather systems with spatial scales ranging from a few metres to thousands of kilo-metres and is suitable for both operational forecasting and atmospheric research. To assess the hydroclimatic risks posed by climate change in western Canada, a retrospective simulation (CTL) and a pseudo-global warming (PGW) dynamical downscaling of future warming projection under RCP8.5 from an ensemble of CMIP5 climate model projections using a convection-permitting 4-km WRF model. The convection-permitting resolution of the model avoids the error-prone convection parameterization by explicitly resolving cumulus plumes. The PGW-WRF-WCA dataset contains the pseudo global warming simulation of the period 2000-2015 with climate change scenario of RCP8.5 corresponding to 2071-2100.

Last Updated:
2019
Primary Developer:
Global Water Futures
Timeframe:
2000 to 2015

Spatial Resolution:
4km

Temporal Resolution:
3-hourly

Spatial Extent:
Western Canada
Climate Parameters:
  • total precipitation
  • wind
  • radiation
  • average temperature
  • pressure

Approximate Dataset Volume/Primary Format:
~400GB/netCDF*
(*data available in subsets of full volume) GB=gigabyte TB=terabyte

Usage:

None at present.

Website:
https://tuna.cs.uwaterloo.ca/


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