BRIDGE seminar series with Lizzie Kendon

Nov 3, 2021 1:00 PM — 2:00 PM

High resolution regional climate projections at the UK Met Office

Climate projections at very high resolution (km-scale grid spacing) are becoming affordable. These ‘convection-permitting’ models (CPMs), commonly used for weather forecasting, better represent small-scale processes in the atmosphere such as convection and are able to provide credible projections of changes in local weather extremes. At the UK Met Office we have carried out climate change simulations at 2.2km resolution over a pan-European domain, 4.5km over a pan-African domain and also the first ensemble of CPM climate projections over a UK domain as part of the latest set of UK Climate Projections (UKCP). In this talk I will highlight new understanding of changes in high-impact events from these CPM simulations, including hourly rainfall extremes important for flash flooding, temperature extremes over cities, extreme windstorms and sting-jets, and lightning. We are also now moving beyond single realisations of climate change at these scales, to ensembles of CPM projections allowing a first estimate of uncertainties in future changes in local weather extremes. I will discuss the new information emerging and the importance of this for climate change risk assessment. Finally I will briefly outline collaborations spinning up at Bristol to exploit these new high resolution climate projections in downstream applications, including hydrological impacts modelling.

Lenka Hasova
Lenka Hasova
Human Geography PhD student

My dissertation looks at the use of Spatial Interaction Models and their spatial structure. I love coding in Python and R, and in a spare time, I make my own clothes.

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