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MED-CORDEX initiative for Mediterranean Climate studies.

Paolo M. Ruti 1 Samuel Somot 2 F. Giorgi 3 Clotilde Dubois 2 Emmanouil Flaounas 4 A. Obermann 5 A. Dell’aquila 6 G. Pisacane 6 A. Harzallah 7 E. Lombardi 6 B. Ahrens 5 N. Akhtar 5 Antoinette Alias 2 Thomas Arsouze 8 R. Aznar 9 Sophie Bastin 10 J. Bartholy 11 Karine Béranger 8 Jonathan Beuvier 2 Sophie Bouffies-Cloché 2 J. Brauch 5 W. Cabos 12 S. Calmanti 6 Jean-Christophe Calvet 2 A. Carillo 6 D. Conte 13 E. Coppola 3 V. Djurdjevic 14 Philippe Drobinski 15 A. Elizalde-Arellano 16 M. Gaertner 17 P. Galàn 18 C. Gallardo 17 S. Gualdi 13 M. Goncalves 19 O. Jorba 20 G. Jordà 21 Blandine L’heveder 15 Cindy Lebeaupin-Brossier 2 Lu Li 22 G. Liguori 12 P. Lionello 23 Diego Maciàs 24 P. Nabat 2 B. Onol 25 B. Raikovic 26 Karim Ramage 27 F. Sevault 2 G. Sannino 28 M. V. Struglia 28 A. Sanna 13 C. Torma 3 V. Vervatis 29 
LATMOS - Laboratoire Atmosphères, Milieux, Observations Spatiales
11 Department of Meteorology [Budapest]
Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences [Budapest]
Abstract : The Mediterranean is expected to be one of the most prominent and vulnerable climate change “hot spots” of the 21st century, and the physical mechanisms underlying this finding are still not clear. Furthermore complex interactions and feedbacks involving ocean-atmosphere-land-biogeochemical processes play a prominent role in modulating the climate and environment of the Mediterranean region on a range of spatial and temporal scales. Therefore it is critical to provide robust climate change information for use in Vulnerability/Impact/Adaptation assessment studies considering the Mediterranean as a fully coupled environmental system. The Med-CORDEX initiative aims at coordinating the Mediterranean climate modeling community towards the development of fully coupled regional climate simulations, improving all relevant components of the system, from atmosphere and ocean dynamics to land surface, hydrology and biogeochemical processes. The primary goals of Med-CORDEX are to improve understanding of past climate variability and trends, and to provide more accurate and reliable future projections, assessing in a quantitative and robust way the added value of using high resolution and coupled regional climate models. The coordination activities and the scientific outcomes of Med-CORDEX can produce an important framework to foster the development of regional earth system models in several key regions worldwide.
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Paolo M. Ruti, Samuel Somot, F. Giorgi, Clotilde Dubois, Emmanouil Flaounas, et al.. MED-CORDEX initiative for Mediterranean Climate studies.. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, American Meteorological Society, 2016, 97 (7), pp.1187-1208. ⟨10.1175/BAMS-D-14-00176.1⟩. ⟨insu-01241426⟩



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