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A Climate Service for Ecologists: Sharing pre-processed EUROCORDEX Regional Climate Scenario Data using the eLTER Information System

Susannah Rennie1, Klaus Goergen2,3, Christoph Wohner4, Sander Apweiler5, Johannes Peterseil4, and John Watkins1 Susannah Rennie et al.
  • 1UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Lancaster Environment Centre, Library Avenue, Bailrigg, Lancaster, LA1 4AP, UK
  • 2Institute of Bio- and Geosciences (Agrosphere, IBG-3), Research Centre Jülich, Wilhelm-Johnen-Straße, 52425 Jülich, Germany
  • 3Centre for High-Performance Scientific Computing in Terrestrial Systems, Geoverbund ABC/J, 52425 Jülich, Germany
  • 4Environment Agency Austria, Spittelauer Lände 5, 1090 Vienna, Austria
  • 5Jülich Supercomputing Centre, Research Centre Jülich, Wilhelm-Johnen-Straße, 52425 Jülich, Germany

Abstract. eLTER was a Horizon 2020 project with the aim of advancing the development of long-term ecosystem research infrastructure in Europe. This paper describes how eLTER Information System infrastructure has been expanded by a climate service data product providing access to specifically pre-processed regional climate change scenario data from a state-of-the-art regional climate model ensemble of the COordinated Regional Downscaling EXperiment project (CORDEX) for 702 registered ecological research sites across Europe. This tailored, expandable, easily accessible dataset follows FAIR principles and allows researchers to describe the climate at these sites, explore future projections for different climate change scenarios and make regional climate change assessments and impact studies. The data for each site are available for download from the EUDAT Collaborative Data Infrastructure B2SHARE service and can be easily accessed and visualised through the Dynamic Ecological Information Management System – Site and Dataset Registry (DEIMS-SDR), a web-based information management system which shares detailed information and metadata on ecological research sites around the globe. This paper describes these data and how they can be accessed by users through the extended eLTER Information System architecture.

The data and supporting information are available from B2SHARE. Each individual site (702 sites are available) dataset has its own DOI. To aid data discovery, a persistent B2SHARE lookup table has been created which matches the DOIs of the individual B2SHARE record with each DEIMS site ID. This look up table is available at http://doi.org/10.23728/b2share.bf41278d91b445bda4505d5b1eaac26c (eLTER EURO-CORDEX Climate Service, 2020).

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This paper describes a climate service data product intended for the ecological researchers. Access to regional climate scenario data will save ecological researchers time, and for many it will allow them to work with data resources that they will not previously have had due to a lack of knowledge and skills to access them. Providing easy access to climate scenario data in this way enhances long term ecological research; for example in general regional climate change or impact assessments.
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