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Combining regional downscaling expertise in Belgium: CORDEX and beyond: Final Report
Termonia, P.; Willems, P.; van Lipzig, N.; van Ypersele, J.P.; Fettweis, X.; De Ridder, K.; Gobin, A.; Stavrakou, T.; Ponsar, S.; Pottiaux, E.; Van Schaeybroeck, B.; De Cruz, L.; De Troch, R.; Giot, O.; Hamdi, R.; Vannitsem, S.; Duchêne, F.; Bertrand, C.; Tabari, H.; van Uytven, E.; Hosseinzadehtalaei, P.; Wouters, H.; Vanden Broucke, S.; Demuzere, M.; Marbaix, P.; Villanueva-Birriel, C.; Wyard, C.; Scholzen, C.; Doutreloup, S.; Lauwaet, D.; Bauwens, M.; Müller, J.-F.; Van den Eynde, D. (2018). Combining regional downscaling expertise in Belgium: CORDEX and beyond: Final Report. (BRAIN-be - (Belgian Research Action through Interdisciplinary Networks)). Belgian Science Policy: Brussels. 122 pp.

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  • Termonia, P., more
  • Willems, P., more
  • van Lipzig, N.
  • van Ypersele, J.P., more
  • Fettweis, X., more
  • De Ridder, K., more
  • Gobin, A., more
  • Stavrakou, T., more
  • Ponsar, S., more
  • Pottiaux, E., more
  • Van Schaeybroeck, B., more
  • De Cruz, L., more
  • De Troch, R.
  • Giot, O., more
  • Hamdi, R., more
  • Vannitsem, S., more
  • Duchêne, F., more
  • Bertrand, C.
  • Tabari, H., more
  • van Uytven, E.
  • Hosseinzadehtalaei, P.
  • Wouters, H.
  • Vanden Broucke, S., more
  • Demuzere, M., more
  • Marbaix, P., more
  • Villanueva-Birriel, C.
  • Wyard, C., more
  • Scholzen, C., more
  • Doutreloup, S., more
  • Lauwaet, D.
  • Bauwens, M., more
  • Müller, J.-F., more
  • Van den Eynde, D., more

Abstract
    In the context of the Paris Agreement, there exists a clear demand from different stakeholders for Climate services in Belgium. Until recently, however, Belgium lacked the foundation for enabling such services.The CORDEX.be project brought together the Belgian climate and impact modeling research groups into one network as the first step towards the realization of climate services. It is based on the international CORDEX (“COordinated Regional Climate Downscaling Experiment”) project but the “.be” indicates it goes beyond for Belgium.The key to the foundation of national climate services is a combination of the existing expertise on high-resolution downscaling, local-impact models, ensemble dynamical and statistical downscaling, combined with links to international initiatives and stakeholder dialogue. This allows to address the propagation of climate change and uncertainty from the global to the local scale combined with a better representation of climate extremes.The CORDEX.be climate network consists of nine partners using three upper-air Regional Climate Models and seven Local Impact Models. The CORDEX.be framework and guidelines are based on a user-oriented bottom-up approach.The CORDEX.be framework provides the first building block for a research network which could be extended, both nationally and internationally, with the objective of providing climate services.

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