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Exploration of 12-km ERA-Interim Simulations from CORDEX Over the Levant

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Zittis,  G.
Atmospheric Chemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Max Planck Society;

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Lelieveld,  J.
Atmospheric Chemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Max Planck Society;

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Hadjinicolaou, P., Zittis, G., & Lelieveld, J. (2017). Exploration of 12-km ERA-Interim Simulations from CORDEX Over the Levant. In T. Karacostas (Ed.), Perspectives on Atmospheric Sciences. Proceedings of the 13th International Conference of Meteorology, Climatology and Atmospheric Physics (COMECAP 2016) that is held in Thessaloniki from 19 to 21 September 2016 (pp. 643-648).


Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-002D-959F-2
Abstract
We investigate the performance of the 12-km horizontal resolution simulations that are increasingly becoming available from the CORDEX simulations, as part of the Phase I CORDEX regional climate model runs (which mainly contain climate downscaling simulations at a grid spacing of about 50 km). In this preliminary work we evaluate 12-km CORDEX simulations driven by the ERA-Interim re-analyses for the period 1980–2010 with a focus in the Levant, broadly defined as the region encompassing the eastern Mediterranean. The 12-km modelled climatology, variability and trends of temperature and precipitation are compared with station measurements from different locations in the region and their performance is assessed. Biases of a few degrees are assigned to the model while the inter-annual variability and longer-term trends is reproduced nicely.