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https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-11-377-2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-11-377-2020
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29 Apr 2020
Research article |  | 29 Apr 2020

The impact of regional climate model formulation and resolution on simulated precipitation in Africa

Minchao Wu, Grigory Nikulin, Erik Kjellström, Danijel Belušić, Colin Jones, and David Lindstedt

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Regional Climate Models constitute a downscaling tool to provide high-resolution data for impact and adaptation studies. However, there is no unique definition of the added value of downscaling as it depends on many factors. We investigate the impact of spatial resolution and model formulation on downscaled rainfall in Africa. Our results show that improvements in downscaled rainfall compared to the driving reanalysis are often related to model formulation and not always to higher resolution.
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