Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Métodos de reducción de escala : aplicaciones al tiempo, clima, variabilidad climática y cambio climático

Jorge A. Amador, Eric J. Alfaro


Coupled Atmosphere-Ocean General Circulation Models demonstrate good skill in simulating large scale circulations. However this output is not very useful to study local impacts, as its spatial resolution is courser than the scale of local impacts. It is very important to consider this issue when studying, for instance, climate impacts on human activities, coastal-marine biodiversity and tropical coral reefs. In general terms, there have been two different approaches to deal with this scale and information difference: the dynamic and the statistic downscaling methods. In this work, the basic climate elements are presented and the possible physical causes of atmospheric changes are discussed. Also, a summary of the main physical concepts that define the climate system as well as the climate and climate variability of a region with respect to the mean atmospheric state and the general aspects of the problem of climate change with emphasis on regional scales, is presented. In addition, this study describes the methodological schemes of the downscaling process and presents a discussion of downscaling advantages and disadvantages, while providing applications for regional weather and climate as well as for socio-economic benefits in coastal, agricultural and tourism activities, among others.

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