Articles | Volume 12, issue 4
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 12, 2959–2970, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-12-2959-2020
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 12, 2959–2970, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-12-2959-2020

Data description paper 18 Nov 2020

Data description paper | 18 Nov 2020

An update of IPCC climate reference regions for subcontinental analysis of climate model data: definition and aggregated datasets

Maialen Iturbide et al.

Data sets

IPCC WGI reference regions (version 4). SantanderMetGroup/ATLAS GitHub (Version v1.6) M. Iturbide, J. M. Gutiérrez, E. Cimadevilla, J. Bedia, M. Hauser, and R. Manzanas https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3998463

Model code and software

Regionmask: plotting and creation of masks of spatial regions (Version 0.6.1) M. Hauser https://zenodo.org/record/3992368#.X5-UPzEo-yV

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Short summary
We present an update of the IPCC WGI reference regions used in AR5 for the synthesis of climate change information. This revision was guided by the basic principles of climatic consistency and model representativeness (in particular for the new CMIP6 simulations). We also present a new dataset of monthly CMIP5 and CMIP6 spatially aggregated information using the new reference regions and describe a worked example of how to use this dataset to inform regional climate change studies.