Climate Data Downloads

Climate projections are available for download here at a ~5km resolution for Australia. The data associated with the future climate projections include:

With respect to the emission scenarios, Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs) has been adopted by the IPCC to replace the Special Report on Emissions Scenarios (SRES) used in the AR4 report (Solomon, Qin et al. 2007); RCPs are to be used in the AR5 IPCC report due in 2014.

Methods and data sources

Climate projections were sourced through a collaboration with Drs Rachel Warren and Jeff Price, Tyndall Centre, University of East Anglia, UK. This data is available on http://climascope.wwfus.org.

Although new GCM runs for RCPs have not been fully completed, several research groups have implemented methods to utilize knowledge gained from SRES predictions to recreate predictions for the new RCPs using AR4 GCMs (e.g., Meinshausen, Smith et al. 2011; Rogelj, Meinshausen et al. 2012). The methods used to generate the GCM predictions for the RCP emission scenarios are defined at http://climascope.wwfus.org and in associated publications (Mitchell and Jones 2005; Warren, de la Nava Santos et al. 2008; Meinshausen, Raper et al. 2011). This data was downscaled to 0.05 degrees (~5km resolution) using a cubic spline of the anomalies; these anomalies were applied to a current climate baseline of 1976 to 2005 – climate of 1990 – generated from aggregating monthly data from Australia Water Availability Project (AWAP; http://www.bom.gov.au/jsp/awap/). These monthly temperature and precipitation values user used to create 19 standard bioclimatic variables. These bioclimatic variables are listed at http://www.worldclim.org/bioclim.

All downscaling and bioclimatic variable creation was done using the climates package (VanDerWal, Beaumont et al. 2011) in R (http://www.r-project.org/).

In summary, 19 climate surfaces for each of 1297 projections (current + 9 emission scenarios × 18 GCMs × 8 time points) are available at a ~5km resolution for Australia. A recent paper looked at the climate projections under both the old SRES and the new RCPs (Rogelj, Meinshausen et al. 2012) which showed that 1) the RCP range mostly covered the range of SRES projected temperatures, and 2) the temperatures projected for the highest RCP (8.5) were fairly consistent with the highest SRES (A1FI). From this work, and our own preliminary investigations, it appears that we will focus on the RCPs for all future projections, and will limit work done with SRES emission scenarios.

Tips for downloading large files

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Use wget

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If you have wget, you can run a command like this in your terminal to download a file:

wget -c http://wallaceinitiative.org/climate_2012/output/australia-5km/RCP3PD_cccma-cgcm31.zip

Replace the example URL with the URL to the file you want to download. You can find the correct URL by right-clicking the download button and copying the file location. The -c flag means it will resume an incomplete download if interrupted (otherwise wget will create a new file).

Modelling Coverage

Australia, 2.5arcmin (~5km) World, 0.5deg (~50km)

Current climate layers for World, 0.5deg (~50km): ~4Mb zip

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Emission Scenarios
Climate Models
All SRES
all SRES scenarios
All RCP
all RCP scenarios
RCP3PD
all models, this scenario
RCP45
all models, this scenario
RCP6
all models, this scenario
RCP85
all models, this scenario
SRESA1B
all models, this scenario
SRESA1FI
all models, this scenario
SRESA2
all models, this scenario
SRESB1
all models, this scenario
SRESB2
all models, this scenario
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cccma-cgcm31
Coupled Global Climate Model (CGCM3)
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ccsr-miroc32hi
MIROC3.2 (hires)
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ccsr-miroc32hi for all SRESccsr-miroc32hi for all RCPccsr-miroc32hi for RCP3PDccsr-miroc32hi for RCP45ccsr-miroc32hi for RCP6ccsr-miroc32hi for RCP85ccsr-miroc32hi for SRESA1Bccsr-miroc32hi for SRESA1FIccsr-miroc32hi for SRESA2ccsr-miroc32hi for SRESB1ccsr-miroc32hi for SRESB2
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ccsr-miroc32med
MIROC3.2 (medres)
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ccsr-miroc32med for all SRESccsr-miroc32med for all RCPccsr-miroc32med for RCP3PDccsr-miroc32med for RCP45ccsr-miroc32med for RCP6ccsr-miroc32med for RCP85ccsr-miroc32med for SRESA1Bccsr-miroc32med for SRESA1FIccsr-miroc32med for SRESA2ccsr-miroc32med for SRESB1ccsr-miroc32med for SRESB2
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cnrm-cm3
CNRM-CM3
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cnrm-cm3 for all SREScnrm-cm3 for all RCPcnrm-cm3 for RCP3PDcnrm-cm3 for RCP45cnrm-cm3 for RCP6cnrm-cm3 for RCP85cnrm-cm3 for SRESA1Bcnrm-cm3 for SRESA1FIcnrm-cm3 for SRESA2cnrm-cm3 for SRESB1cnrm-cm3 for SRESB2
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csiro-mk30
CSIRO Mark 3.0
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csiro-mk30 for all SREScsiro-mk30 for all RCPcsiro-mk30 for RCP3PDcsiro-mk30 for RCP45csiro-mk30 for RCP6csiro-mk30 for RCP85csiro-mk30 for SRESA1Bcsiro-mk30 for SRESA1FIcsiro-mk30 for SRESA2csiro-mk30 for SRESB1csiro-mk30 for SRESB2
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gfdl-cm20
CM2.0 - AOGCM
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gfdl-cm20 for all SRESgfdl-cm20 for all RCPgfdl-cm20 for RCP3PDgfdl-cm20 for RCP45gfdl-cm20 for RCP6gfdl-cm20 for RCP85gfdl-cm20 for SRESA1Bgfdl-cm20 for SRESA1FIgfdl-cm20 for SRESA2gfdl-cm20 for SRESB1gfdl-cm20 for SRESB2
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gfdl-cm21
CM2.1 - AOGCM
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gfdl-cm21 for all SRESgfdl-cm21 for all RCPgfdl-cm21 for RCP3PDgfdl-cm21 for RCP45gfdl-cm21 for RCP6gfdl-cm21 for RCP85gfdl-cm21 for SRESA1Bgfdl-cm21 for SRESA1FIgfdl-cm21 for SRESA2gfdl-cm21 for SRESB1gfdl-cm21 for SRESB2
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giss-modeleh
GISS ModelE-H and GISS ModelE-R (which differ only in ocean component)
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giss-modeleh for all SRESgiss-modeleh for all RCPgiss-modeleh for RCP3PDgiss-modeleh for RCP45giss-modeleh for RCP6giss-modeleh for RCP85giss-modeleh for SRESA1Bgiss-modeleh for SRESA1FIgiss-modeleh for SRESA2giss-modeleh for SRESB1giss-modeleh for SRESB2
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giss-modeler
GISS ModelE-H and GISS ModelE-R (which differ only in ocean component)
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giss-modeler for all SRESgiss-modeler for all RCPgiss-modeler for RCP3PDgiss-modeler for RCP45giss-modeler for RCP6giss-modeler for RCP85giss-modeler for SRESA1Bgiss-modeler for SRESA1FIgiss-modeler for SRESA2giss-modeler for SRESB1giss-modeler for SRESB2
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iap-fgoals10g
FGOALS1.0_g
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iap-fgoals10g for all SRESiap-fgoals10g for all RCPiap-fgoals10g for RCP3PDiap-fgoals10g for RCP45iap-fgoals10g for RCP6iap-fgoals10g for RCP85iap-fgoals10g for SRESA1Biap-fgoals10g for SRESA1FIiap-fgoals10g for SRESA2iap-fgoals10g for SRESB1iap-fgoals10g for SRESB2
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inm-cm30
INMCM3.0
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inm-cm30 for all SRESinm-cm30 for all RCPinm-cm30 for RCP3PDinm-cm30 for RCP45inm-cm30 for RCP6inm-cm30 for RCP85inm-cm30 for SRESA1Binm-cm30 for SRESA1FIinm-cm30 for SRESA2inm-cm30 for SRESB1inm-cm30 for SRESB2
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ipsl-cm4
IPSL-CM4
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ipsl-cm4 for all SRESipsl-cm4 for all RCPipsl-cm4 for RCP3PDipsl-cm4 for RCP45ipsl-cm4 for RCP6ipsl-cm4 for RCP85ipsl-cm4 for SRESA1Bipsl-cm4 for SRESA1FIipsl-cm4 for SRESA2ipsl-cm4 for SRESB1ipsl-cm4 for SRESB2
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mpi-echam5
ECHAM5/MPI-OM
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mpi-echam5 for all SRESmpi-echam5 for all RCPmpi-echam5 for RCP3PDmpi-echam5 for RCP45mpi-echam5 for RCP6mpi-echam5 for RCP85mpi-echam5 for SRESA1Bmpi-echam5 for SRESA1FImpi-echam5 for SRESA2mpi-echam5 for SRESB1mpi-echam5 for SRESB2
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mri-cgcm232a
MRI-CGCM2.3.2
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mri-cgcm232a for all SRESmri-cgcm232a for all RCPmri-cgcm232a for RCP3PDmri-cgcm232a for RCP45mri-cgcm232a for RCP6mri-cgcm232a for RCP85mri-cgcm232a for SRESA1Bmri-cgcm232a for SRESA1FImri-cgcm232a for SRESA2mri-cgcm232a for SRESB1mri-cgcm232a for SRESB2
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ncar-ccsm30
Community Climate System Model, version 3.0 (CCSM3)
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ncar-ccsm30 for all SRESncar-ccsm30 for all RCPncar-ccsm30 for RCP3PDncar-ccsm30 for RCP45ncar-ccsm30 for RCP6ncar-ccsm30 for RCP85ncar-ccsm30 for SRESA1Bncar-ccsm30 for SRESA1FIncar-ccsm30 for SRESA2ncar-ccsm30 for SRESB1ncar-ccsm30 for SRESB2
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ncar-pcm1
Parallel Climate Model (PCM)
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ncar-pcm1 for all SRESncar-pcm1 for all RCPncar-pcm1 for RCP3PDncar-pcm1 for RCP45ncar-pcm1 for RCP6ncar-pcm1 for RCP85ncar-pcm1 for SRESA1Bncar-pcm1 for SRESA1FIncar-pcm1 for SRESA2ncar-pcm1 for SRESB1ncar-pcm1 for SRESB2
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ukmo-hadcm3
HadCM3
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ukmo-hadcm3 for all SRESukmo-hadcm3 for all RCPukmo-hadcm3 for RCP3PDukmo-hadcm3 for RCP45ukmo-hadcm3 for RCP6ukmo-hadcm3 for RCP85ukmo-hadcm3 for SRESA1Bukmo-hadcm3 for SRESA1FIukmo-hadcm3 for SRESA2ukmo-hadcm3 for SRESB1ukmo-hadcm3 for SRESB2
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ukmo-hadgem1
Hadley Centre Global Environmental Model, version 1 (HadGEM1)
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ukmo-hadgem1 for all SRESukmo-hadgem1 for all RCPukmo-hadgem1 for RCP3PDukmo-hadgem1 for RCP45ukmo-hadgem1 for RCP6ukmo-hadgem1 for RCP85ukmo-hadgem1 for SRESA1Bukmo-hadgem1 for SRESA1FIukmo-hadgem1 for SRESA2ukmo-hadgem1 for SRESB1ukmo-hadgem1 for SRESB2
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