A month ago, the final version of the Interactive Atlas of the IPCC was unveiled. Now that the dust has settled, we want to provide a peek into the technicalities behind its implementation. After all, we learnt some lessons after processing hundreds of TBs (with over 1.5 million hours of computing time) that we want to share with you. This will be a long post, so we have splitted it up into some sections, for those of you that are interested in some specific aspects:
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An overview of all the possible climate futures—a click away. That’s what the Interactive Atlas of the Working Group I of the IPCC enables. And we’re proud to say that we have been part of the Atlas team, implementing its technical aspects. It wasn’t an easy task: the Atlas grants access to 27 datasets (including global and regional), 30 climate variables and derived indices, allowing comparison across different temporal ranges... It was a huge process that we developed in partnership with IFCA-CSIC, in the framework of PTI-Clima.
25ºC do not feel the same everywhere. While in a coastal city they may start to feel a little too warm, in some inland cities it can even feel a bit chill. Thermometers experience reality in a more limited way than we humans do. We feel not only temperature, but humidity, wind, solar radiation… and the integration of all these factors creates the sensation of being too hot, too cold… or “just perfect”. So, how do we measure this?
We recently updated the climate change scenario viewer that we developed for AdapteCCa, the Platform on Adaptation to Climate Change in Spain. In this new version, we have made major changes: incorporating new download options, new climate indices, custom visualisation options and more. As always, these new developments have been guided by the needs of the users of the platform, which currently exceeds 1000 monthly users.
Recently, the Copernicus Climate Data Store has made available all the 14 domains of the CORDEX: an international initiative to produce regional climate projections. This is a huge milestone, since regional climate models provide higher resolution than global climate models (~11km in European regions and ~22Km over other domains). Therefore, they yield more detail to inform climate mitigation and adaptation efforts at a local level. However, this breakthrough is not as easy as merely republishing the data from CORDEX into the CDS.
Climate action has taken a central focus in Europe. In December 2019, the European Commission launched the European Green Deal, followed by the European Climate Pact in March 2020—together with the EU Climate Law. The 2030 Climate Target Plan was announced last September. To reach the targets set by these European initiatives, a myriad of actions sprung into action. Across the Research and Innovation landscape, one programme stands out: Horizon Europe. A five-mission approach to tackle the challenges Europe is facing.