A climate projection dataset tailored for the European energy sector

Blanka Bartók, Isabelle Tobin, Robert Vautard, Mathieu Vrac, Xia Jin, Guillaume Levavasseur, Sébastien Denvil, Laurent Dubus, Sylvie Parey, Paul-Antoine Michelangeli, Alberto Troccoli, Yves-Marie Saint-Drenan

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Climate information is necessary for the energy sector. However, the use of climate projections has remained limited so far for a number of reasons such us the lack of consistency among climate projections, the inadequate temporal and spatial resolution, the climate model biases, the lack of guidance for users, and the size of data sets. In this work, we develop and assess a consistent ensemble of high time and space resolution climate projections that address these problems. First, a methodology for sub-ensemble selection is developed and proposed. Our ensemble dataset includes eleven 12 km-resolution EURO-CORDEX simulations of temperature, precipitation, wind speed and surface solar radiation on 3-hourly and daily time scales. These variables are bias-corrected for a more effective use into impact studies. The assessment of bias-corrected model simulations against observational data indicates reduced biases and increased coherence in projected changes among models compared to the raw climate projections. We provide a well-documented dataset for energy practitioners and decision-makers to facilitate the access and use of energy-relevant high-quality climate information in operation and planning. The new dataset is freely available via the Earth System Grid Federation (ESGF) platform.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100138
JournalClimate Services
Early online date2 Dec 2019
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019

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