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Research article
01 Apr 2022
Research article |  | 01 Apr 2022

Evaluation of convection-permitting extreme precipitation simulations for the south of France

Linh N. Luu, Robert Vautard, Pascal Yiou, and Jean-Michel Soubeyroux

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This study downscales climate information from EURO-CORDEX (approx. 12 km) output to a higher horizontal resolution (approx. 3 km) for the south of France. We also propose a matrix of different indices to evaluate the high-resolution precipitation output. We find that a higher resolution reproduces more realistic extreme precipitation events at both daily and sub-daily timescales. Our results and approach are promising to apply to other Mediterranean regions and climate impact studies.
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