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Climate Model Downscaling Data for Impacts Research

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Access is currently restricted to approved users.

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Access to the service is restricted until the public release of data from the NARCliM project in 2014. Access to the service before then may be granted to approved users. Applications for access can be lodged via

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The Climate Model Downscaling Data for Impacts Research (CliMDDIR) service makes output from Regional Climate Model (RCM) simulations of the recent and future climate of Australian regions available to climate change impacts researchers in data formats that they can read. The service's software reads netcdf binary files produced by RCM projects and exports impacts-relevant data in various ASCII formats, including those required by software tools used by the impacts community. Users are able to select their locations of interest within Australia and specify the climate variables that are of interest to them.

The service currently allows users to access data from a single ~10km resolution simulation of the climate of southeast Australia performed using the WRF RCM. However, the service will eventually allow users to access data from an ensemble of WRF RCM simulations performed by the New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory Regional Climate Model (NARCliM) project. The aim of this project is to develop new, high (~10km) resolution climate projections for New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory that will provide critical information to manage the impacts of climate change on health, settlements, agriculture, weather extremes and services, such as water and energy supplies. However, the NARCliM project also produces output for the whole of Australia at a resolution of ~50km.




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