Production and access to expertise and reliable regional climate information
Generation of new Regional Climate Models for use at the international level; availability of new global climate data (CMIP5); refinement of the resolution of regional climate projections
Exploit the potential of lesser-used variables and indicators from regional simulations that could be relevant for Vulnerabilities, Impacts and Adaptation projects (e.g. humidity, wind, freezing rain)
New approaches to analyzing regional climate projections to better interpret results and facilitate decision-making
Understanding processes that occur near the surface (and which directly affect humans) and are important particularly for hydrology, forestry and agriculture, such as formation of snow cover, evapotranspiration and water in the soil
Support projects by producing relevant and cutting-edge regional climate data and by providing expertise on their appropriate use.
Produce a set of new, high resolution (25 km) regional climate projections for North America, continuous through 2100, using a new version of the Canadian Regional Climate Model, driven by global models of the new CMIP5 ensemble
Go to a very high resolution (15 km) and develop expertise at this scale
Provide expertise in climate processes and climate simulation to other Ouranos groups, members and partners
Develop innovative analytical approaches to regional climate information
Advance climate-modeling expertise through collaborative research with universities, member organizations and international experts
The new model chosen at Ouranos is the CRCM5 (Canadian Regional Climate Model), developed by UQAM’s ESCER centre, in collaboration with Environment and Climate Change Canada.
Anne Frigon holds a Master’s in atmospheric sciences from Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). After almost 10 years as a private-sector consultant in meteorology and climatology, she joined the UQAM team that developed the Canadian Regional Climate Model (CRCM). Since coming to Ouranos in 2002, she has focused on the hydrology of climate change, particularly on applying regional climate models to Quebec watersheds. Mrs. Frigon has coordinated the Climate Simulation and Analysis Group since 2009.