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MIRP

The importance and relevance of communicating our knowledge of future climate has never been more widely recognised, and needs no further introduction here. Yet both the Stern report, which directly quantified costs and benefits, and most of the impact and adaptation component of the recent 4th Assessment of the IPCC 1 report, were based on climate predictions which did not use the most recent physical climate predictions (in many cases on data six or more years old)!.

This project is about exploiting the BADC position as one of three global repositories for model intercomparison data to facilitate information and data flow between the earth system modelling community and the impacts and adaptation communities, including both those who “research” impacts and adaptation, and those at the front end of planning in government and industry. The main aim is to have in place the ability for that information flow to be appropriate and available during and soon after the next IPCC assessment phase, rather than inappropriate and years late!

The project consists of seven work packages (WPs), which address data and information flow: WP1 addresses reformatting the highest resolution global data produced by earth system models (ESMs) in the UK into a format suitable for inclusion in the IPCC process. WP2, WP3 and WP4 address identifying and producing subsets of output data and “indicative uncertainty indices” prepared for specific communities. WP5 addresses the description of Integrated Assessment Models (IAMs). WP6 addresses data licensing. WP7 will facilitate knowledge exchange by direct attendance at key meetings.

Project Components

Project Management (9 tickets)
All activities relevant to managing and delivering the MIRP project, which are either cross workpackage, or administrative in nature.
WP1 - HiGEM Data Ingestion (2 tickets)
All HIGEM "CMIP5 standard output" data converted from the native format to CMIP5 CMOR compliant netCDF.
WP2 - Commissioning Storage (1 tickets)
The BADC has no capital allocation for the CMIP5 archive, and so is is following an approach of requiring a contribution to the archive from a variety of sources, especially beneficiary projects such as this one. This work package is about ensuring that the MIRP funded storage is contributed to the pool.
WP3 - Specification of PP Products (3 tickets)
This package is about determining what products need to be produced by post-processing(PP) in the BADC archive. We will move from general requirements to actual specifications: which variables from which runs, averaged in what way, for which periods, in what formats, processed in which manner? We expect to be carrying out this work initially with all the formal project partners, then eventually with “customers” identified in WP7 (active engagement).
WP4 - Generate PP Products (3 tickets)
Having identified data products in WP4, we will first identify products that can be grouped together so that they can be created by one pass through the data holdings, and then work through the groups in priority order. For each product we will generate: (1) the product for as many of the simulations as is appropriate (and allowed, see WP6); (2) ensemble products as appropriate, (including ‘indicative uncertainty indices’, which could include match to 20th century comparisons); (3) documentation; (4) interfaces for download and visualisation (including Google Earth where possible) via the BADC and CMIP5 websites (as appropriate, required, and allowed), and; (5) discovery metadata available to national and international metadata aggregation services. We will do this for as many datasets as is practicable with the staffing resource allocated.
WP5 - Categorise IAMs (5 tickets)
We will identify some key IAMs described in research literature and construct descriptions using METAFOR technology and deploy that information in the metafor portal. The public will be able to find and compare IAM and ESM model descriptions and thus be better placed to interpret the data produced by these models.
WP6 - Intellectual Property (3 tickets)
For all CMIP5 and AR5 data products available at BADC, we will ensure clearly understood access licenses are made available, consistent with UK law and any existent MoU(s). The provenance of all input data will be made clear as part of each and every post-processed data product calculated under the auspices of this project. All data will be accompanied with appropriate disclaimers.
WP7 - Active Engagement (5 tickets)
We will utilise our contacts to further identify products which we can create and make available.

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This project started on 1st of April 2010

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