This is the entry page of the Interdownscaling Comparison Project (IDCP) funded by NSF-EPSCoR innovative working group (IWG). The meeting will be held April 5-6, 2012 in Sun Valley, Idaho in concert with the Tri-state EPSCoR meeting April 3-5.


Credible climate change adaption relies on place-based climate scenarios that account for a variety of models and emission scenarios. Downscaling bridges the gap between coarse-scale information from global climate models and that needed for local impact assessment. Nowhere is downscaling more critical that in the western United States, where complex interactions between large-scale circulation and topography necessitate a thorough examination of methods best suited for not only resolving regional climate, but also resolving how climate change may be manifested in the region. The proposed IWG plans for a thorough intercomparison of statistical and dynamical downscaling methods to better resolve the contribution of downscaling methodology as it pertains to quantifying uncertainty for local impacts. We propose a coordinated intercomparison building off the downscaling methodologies developed within the Tri-State consortium, and to apply these data to both hydrologic and ecological models to better contextualize the relative sensitivity of downscaling methods in complex terrain. The proposed IWG is designed to better address this gap in scientific knowledge that has both theoretical and practical implications, and to increase synergy between groups in the Tri-State consortium in preparation for the next round of models created for the fifth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.


Pre-planning phone call: Downscaling Centric (Week of March 5th)


Workshop Logistics

Dates: April 5th 8AM-5PM, April 6th 9AM-1PM

Agenda: Forthcoming

Location: Sun Valley, Idaho at the Sun Valley Inn

Tri-state Meeting Information


Special Session: Advances in Climate Impacts Modeling

This session seeks to highlight advances in climate, hydrologic and ecological modeling or observations that may help elucidate how contemporaneous and future climate impacts are manifested at a variety of scales. To provide the best information to mitigate detrimental climate impacts in regions of complex terrain and land-surface types, this session solicits studies that examine tradeoffs across scales, between processed-based versus statistical approaches in ecological and hydrological modeling, as well as meteorological data and modeling.

I would like to invite IWG to present a short 10-15 minute synopsis of their work in coupled climate-impacts modelling in this session scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. Please email me if interested with a tenative title of your talk.