Dear ISIMIP community,With this email, we’d like to give you some updates on recent and future events surrounding ISIMIP. In late September, we hosted the ISIMIP Strategy Group Meeting here at PIK. There, we discussed and decided on the scenario set-up for the next ISIMIP simulation round. The outcomes of the meeting are summarized in this report.
Dear ISIMIP community,
After some weeks of silence, we have some interesting announcements we would like to share with you:
Currently, there is a vacancy for an interesting PostDoc position at SUSTech, Shenzhen, China, to work with Prof. Junguo Liu on the water chapter of IPCC AR6.At the Scenarios Forum 2019 (11-13 March, 2019, Denver, CO, USA),..
We’d like to provide you with some important updates about the ISIMIP protocol and newly available data.
The ISIMIP2b protocol has been updated to reflect some sector-specific and general changes that have been discussed over the past months. The new version is available on the ISIMIP website.
The ISIMIP2b protocol has been updated to reflect some sector-specific and general changes that have been discussed over the past months. The new version is available on the ISIMIP website. The changes are documented in these entries:
Changes to file-naming conventions (Please note that this renaming may affect yo..
Dear ISIMIP community,
we would like to inform you that we will shortly remove all ISIMIP Fast Track data from the DKRZ server. This measure is necessary to free up space for the more recent ISIMIP simulation rounds.
The most up-to-date version of both input and output data from the Fast Track will continue to ..
With the IPCC Special Report submission deadline in just under 2
weeks(!), we would like to give you an update on the availability of
ISIMIP2b simulation data, which can be downloaded and used by anyone, so
Below is a list of models that have uploaded data to date for Group 1
& 2 experiments.
We are delighted to announce that the future land-use data for ISIMIP2b is ready, making it possible to do the Group 3 experiments.
You can now access the following land-use scenario data in the .../ISIMIP2b/InputData/landuse/ folder on the DKRZ server:
data ready to be used
models have submitted data based on the ISIMIP2b simulation
protocol. These models cover the agriculture, water (global),
water (regional), forests and biomes sectors. We are aware of
more models still working on simulations, so we expect this
ensemble to grow.
many of you will know, funding has been secured for the ongoing
coordination of ISIMIP within the context of JPI-Climate funded
ISIpedia we will have the opportunity to work directly with
stakeholders to improve the quality of climate-impacts modelling
would like to invite you to the ISIMIP workshop on 9-10 October,
2017, to be held in Potsdam just before the Impacts World 2017
conference. The official registration will follow in a few
this stage we would like to invite you to provide input to the
This is an important email regarding the coordination of papers being prepared in time for the IPCC 1.5° Special Report. We have received information that the Lead Authors require paper outlines in time for the Second Lead Author Meeting on 5 June, 2017.
For some time we have been collecting ideas for papers based on analyses of ISI..
list for ISIMIP DOIs
many of you will know, we are working on publishing the
quality-checked ISIMIP simulation data using an appropriate
Creative Commons licence and creating a DOI. For the DOI entry,
we need a list of authors for the data set.
author list will be as follo..
like to follow up on progress in the ISIMIP2b simulations. It is
great to see that simulation data from three models have already
been uploaded, and to have heard from many of you that you are
actively working on the simulations.
keep it short, here are the (revised) upcoming dates and stat..
We hope you have started the year refreshed and well. This email
contains information about:
Paper ideas for ISIMIP2b data;Folder structure for your ISIMIP2b uploads;
Published papers using ISIMIP input or output data (Fast Track
Paper ideas for ISIMIP2b data
Amongst the cross-sectoral science te..
the year comes to a close, we’d like to thank you for your
invaluable contributions to ISIMIP in 2016. Whether conducting
model runs, contributing to the development of the protocol and
input data sets, participating in the workshop, analysing ISIMIP
simulations, or supporting the organisation of ISIMIP,..
We have a few important protocol changes and
corrections that we'd like you to be aware of:
All sectors: In order to ensure a
smooth transition between the pre-industrial and historical
periods, the pre-industrial CO2 concentration needs to be set
to 286ppm (not the previously announced
Since a few of you have already inquired, we would like to offer
you some further explanation about the scientific motivation
behind the ISIMIP2b protocol. You can find even more detail in the
paper currently under review in Geoscientific Model
the release of the ISIMIP2b protocol, we are now pleased to
announced the release of the first input-data package. These data
will allow you to start work on all experiments in group 1 and
group 2 (as described in the Figure 1 of the protocol).
We are delighted to be able to share with you the
latest ISIMIP simulation protocol, ISIMIP2b. You can download
the protocol here.
The protocol has been designed to scientific basis for the IPCC
Special Report on the impacts of 1.5°C global warming. A paper describing the scientific rationale for the
months, the cross-sectoral science team, management group and
coordinators have been thinking about how ISIMIP could
contribute to the scientific
basis for the planned Special Report from the IPCC on the
impacts of 1.5°C
This is a preliminary announcement of the Impacts World 2017
(IW2017) conference, to be held in Potsdam, on 11-13 October,
2017, and an ISIMIP Side Event on the two days prior 9-10
October, 2017. Given that the funding for the
conference and side event is still pending, an official conference
announcement will co..
Replacement of WFDEI data for 2011-2013 The team responsible
for producing the WFDEI data set (which we combined with WATCH to
produce a continuous historical data set starting in 1901) have
announced a replacement of the rainfall and snowfall data for the years
2011, 2012, 2013. The problem was a processing error in the original
We are delighted to inform you that the Focus Issue in
Environmental Research Letters on "Impacts of Extreme Weather and
Climate Events Across Sectors" is now open for submissions.
Those ISIMIP participants who have submitted an abstract for
consideration for the Focus Issue will shortly receive an official
invitation to submit.
We are delighted to inform you that registration is now open for the
ISIMIP workshop on 22-24 June, 2016, at the Potsdam Institute for
Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Potsdam, Germany. You can find the
draft workshop program and registration form on this page. Please note that registration closes on Friday, 25 March.
This is to inform you that the LPJmL team has just replaced all results
for the biomeass, permafrost and water sector on the DKRZ server. The
update fixes an inconsistency between the river network and the location
of dams and reservoirs as well as a small error in the spin-up
procedure that affected our runs for all 4 forcing datasets.
Based on your feedback regarding the correction to the 1901-1947 Princeton data, the following decisions has been reached:
* /All/ biomes models will re-run the Princeton data set due to the significant effects on the outcomes of the model spin up.
* We recommend that other models that have used the
1901-1947 data also re-run these simulations.
As we reported to you at the end of last year, the Princeton data set
provided to you for use in the ISI-MIP simulations for the period
1901-1947 has been superceded by a corrected version. The problem was a mistake in the processing scripts, not a systematic methodological mistake, so the data were just wrong.
We are delighted to announce that the next ISI-MIP workshop
will be held in the newly opened research building at PIK, Potsdam on
22-24 June, 2016. We have chosen the date in part to give those of you
who will be attending the AgMIP workshop in the following week in France
the chance to combine your attendance of the two meetings.
As many of you are already conducting analyses of the ISI-MIP2.1a
simulation runs, we would like to ensure that you can keep track of when
modelling groups replace their simulations on the DKRZ server. For
this reason we have placed a table on the ISI-MIP website under For
Modellers>ISI-MIP2>Output Data>Uploads (link), where all fil..
We would like to ask for your help in collecting key
information about impact models participating in ISI-MIP, and the
settings used to generate simulation results, in a common document. The
goal of this exercise is to provide an accurate and comprehensive source
of information for those using ISI-MIP simulation data for scientific
We have received information from the developer, Graham Weedon, that the
WFDEI data set has now been extended such that there is a complete set
of variables up to 2013 (previously the data set ended in 2010). We
have processed these three additional years' data to the standard
ISI-MIP format and placed the files on the DKRZ server vre2.dkrz.
We would like to remind you about the session at the 2016
European Geophysical Union (EGU) meeting the we are helping to
coordinate. The session is very appropriate to the type of analyses
currently being conducted within ISI-MIP. Here is a link to the session
we would like to inform you about some further changes to the way
ISI-MIP data is uploaded and stored. Please read this email carefully
and contact us if anything is unclear. 1. vre1.dkrz.de to be replaced by vre2.dkrz.de The vre1.dkrz.de server will shortly be decommissioned and replaced with a virtual machine (VM) with the name vre2.dkrz.de.
we would like to share with you some important changes to the way that simulation data is uploaded to the DKRZ server vre1.dkrz.de.
The aim of the changes is to ensure that only ISI-MIP participants can
access the quality-checked and harmonised version (with respect to file
naming, meta data and grid definitions etc.
It has been brought to our attention that the version of the Princeton
data set used so far within ISI-MIP2.1a for the time period 1901-1947
has been replaced by a new version by the producers of the data. The version made available for ISI-MIP contains some fairly significant departures from the new version for the variables tas, tasmin, tasm..
We would like to make you aware of the following session to be held at
EGU 2016, for which contributions based on ISI-MIP2.1a analyses are very
relevant and warmly invited. The convenors of the session are:
Rutger Dankers, Katja Frieler, Christopher Reyer and
Carl-Friedrich Schleussner Don't forget that submissions close on 13 January, 2016.
Thank you to all those who attended the paper-writing workshop a few
weeks ago in Zurich. We hope you had a productive and enjoyable time.
We had the impression that a lot of good progress was made on the
papers, as well as many good discussions in general. We'd like to share with you a few key things that were discussed during the workshop.
We are delighted to report that Environmental Research Letters (ERL)
have responded positively to our application for a Focus Issue on the
proposed topic: 'Consistent evaluation of impact models with respect to
the representation of extreme events and variability across sectors'. Here are a few more details: Non-ISI-MIP papers
The ERL edi..
We would like to make you aware of the session that we are helping to
convene at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU),
which will take place on 14-18 December, 2015 in San Francisco.
As you can read below, the session is deliberately tailored to analyses
of the ISI-MIP2.1 data, although we welcome and encourage submission..
We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the ISI-MIP
paper-writing workshop in Zurich on 28-30 October, 2015. For organisational purposes, we would be very grateful to receive your registration no later than Wednesday, 22 July 2015 via the ISI-MIP website. There you will also find a preliminary outline of the workshop prog..
In this email we would like to make a few important announcements relating to climate data access and usage within ISI-MIP. Use of GSWP3 data only within ISI-MIP
Please note that at this stage, the historical climate data set GSWP3
is only available for the ISI-MIP2.1 simulations. This is the explicit
request of the researchers responsible f..
We are in the process of compiling the interim report on ISI-MIP2.1 for
the German funding agency. For this purpose, it would be extremely
helpful to hear from you if you have received any funding or in-kind
contributions that explicitly support your modelling work within
We would like to share with you two pieces of information regarding the climate input data sets for ISI-MIP2. 1. Missing values in Princeton data set
It has come to our attention that in the Princeton data set, 10 grid
cells in south eastern Europe have no temperature data (tas, tasmin,
tasmax) for November, 1987.
We would like to share with you the latest news from ISI-MIP, including
important information about spin-up data, land-use data and the ISI-MIP
workshop. 1. Registration for cross-sectoral workshop now open
The cross-sectoral workshop is planned for 2-5 March, 2015 at IIASA in
Laxenburg (near Vienna), Austria.
It has come to our attention that a mistake has occurred in the
preparation of the precipiation data for the WATCH historical dataset.
The original version of the data published by us on the DRKZ server
contained the variable pr, which mistakenly only included rainfall. This was a mistake since we define pr as the total precipitation (rainfa..
We would like to share with you a few pieces of important information relating to your modelling activities. 1. Land-use data 2000-2012 There
has been a request to provide dynamic land-use data for the period
2000-2012, as compared to the static data currently provided for this
period. The dynamic data set available to us for this period ha..
Now that the simulation protocol has been sent out, we would like to
stipulate that the data ..
Thank you for your feedback and amendments to the simulation protocol.
An updated version (v1.1) of the protocol is now ready for download from
our website under www.isimip.org>For
Modellers>ISI-MIP2>Simulation Protocol. You will also find
reference cards for each sector, containing a very brief overview of the
simulation runs to ..
As you know, the Working Group II contribution to the IPCC Fifth
assessment Report (WGII AR5) was released on 31st March 2014. The 12
papers arising from the ISI-MIP Fast Track and accepted by the 31 August
2013 deadline were discussed and cited extensively within the report.
At this Link you can find a collection of the citations of ISI-MIP..
We would like to draw your attention once again to the ISI-MIP Special Issue in the open-access journal Earth System Dynamics
(ESD). ESD has recently been accepted into Thomson Reuters' ISI
listing. A number of ISI-MIP related papers are already published in ESD
or under discussion in the journal's open discussion forum.
As this busy year comes to an end we would like to give you an update on
how things are progressing with ISI-MIP, and what we have planned for
the new year. Special Issue now in print As most
of you already know, the PNAS special feature - comprising 11 papers
discussing the ISI-MIP results - was officially published online on
Monday, 16 ..
AGU DMUU session advertisementPlease find below another call for abstracts for the AGU which has been
forwarded to us by Joshua Elliott. More detailed information can be
found in the attached announcement. Abstract submission deadline is 6
August 2013. -------------------- Climate Change Effects on Natural Hazards: Science, Communication and..
Call for abstracts: SSP session at AGU fall meeting
We would like to draw your attention to the below session to be held at the AGU fall meeting focusing on the SSPs. We believe it could be relevant to some of you as a
number of ISI-MIP participants were using the early SSP data to do
applications of the RCP/SSP framework in the ISI-MIP fast-tr..
A little while ago we have been approached by members of the
Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project (GeoMIP). They are
interested in including a component on the effects of geoengineering on
impacts. While this is not a focus of ISI-MIP, it is no doubt a very
interesting and worthwhile effort and therefore we would like to forward
Firstly, we would like to thank you all warmly for your indispensable
input and enthusiasm during IMPACTS WORLD 2013 and especially the
ISI-MIP side event! We were delighted that you were able to join us and
hope that you agree that it was a productive and interesting meeting.
With this email we would like to provide you with a wrap-up of
As the ISI-MIP side event draws nearer we would like to inform you
about the plan regarding the choice of focus regions and the potential
new sectors for the next ISI-MIP phase.
Selection of regions
Since this next phase will include both global and regional impacts
models, it will be essential to choose a set of regions that can be
In light of the upcoming IMPACTS WORLD 2013 conference and the
ISI-MIP side event, we would like to remind you that registration for
the ISI-MIP side event is open until 15 April 2013. In
case you have not yet registered we would like to encourage you to do so
as soon as possible. Registration for the side event can be completed
via the ISI-..
We would like to provide you with more detailed information about the
PNAS submission deadline and the citations of the ISI-MIP description
paper as well as the RCPs. Additionally, we would like to alert you to some recent updates in the table of ISI-MIP models & references. 1. Submission deadline for PNAS papers Manuscripts for the P..
Please find below a couple of updates regarding the current status of
the server vre1, the bias-correction paper as well as the table of
ISI-MIP models & references. 1) Vre1 in operation again As
of 23 January vre1 is in operation again. Unfortunately, we suffered
from a significant loss and damage of files among almost all models.
We would like to inform you about some updates regarding the
provision of historical SSP data and replacement of model output data.
1. Historical population data
In addition to the gridded population data for the SSP scenarios,
Felipe Colon of the Vectri modeling group has created and uploaded
corresponding gridded population files for the ..
We warmly invite you to participate in the planning of the next phase of
the Intersectoral Impact Model Intercomparison Project (ISI-MIP) at a
side event to the IMPACTS WORLD 2013 conference to be held in Potsdam
27-30 May, 2013. This next phase will integrate regional and global
impact models to generate state-of-the-art cross-sectoral and
We would like to provide you with some more in-depth information concerning the upcoming IMPACTS WORLD 2013 conference to be held next May 27-30 in Potsdam, Germany.
1. This conference will be an important opportunity to present ISI-MIP results.
The conference had initially been announced for June, as some of you may recall.
Water demand projections Further water demand
projections have been uploaded by the H08 and WaterGAP teams, including
some based on changing population and GDP according to SSP2. Note that
in WaterGAP, non-irrigation water uses (e.g. domestic or
livestock-related) are independent of the climate model, and the
corresponding data are therefo..
1. Reference and future periods First of all, please
make sure you adhere to the reference period 1980-2010 which is defined
in the protocol so that comparability across results is guaranteed. Please fill the year from 2005 to 2010 by the associated
RCP (depending on the future simulations you consider).
In this e-mail we would like to share the most recent developments regarding the ISI-MIP special issues with you: 1. PNAS Special Issue
The editorial committee has finished the process of reviewing the
abstracts you submitted for the PNAS special feature with editor John
Schellnhuber and guest editors Pavel Kabat and Katja Frieler.
Attached please find an example of the script by Joshua Elliott for downloading and syncing arbitrary sets of files and folders from the ISI-MIP ESG GO archive. The script outputs
harmless error messages when it samples a folder that is not present on
the GO archive.There are detailed instructions for how to use it and
its straightforward and ..
During the ISI-MIP Analysis Workshop in Reading the question of
harmonizing the visualization of results as well regional harmonization
for reporting results were discussed. We would now like to share with
you our recommendations concerning
harmonization of regions and plots and provide you with supplementary
material to assist you in implem..
Joshua Elliott has kindly asked us to distribute amongst you the
instructions on how to access the ESG mirror for the ISI-MIP data.
Please find his message quoted below. Also, please take a look at the attached slides guiding you through the process of installing the software. These instructions can also be found for download on our website ..
1. Data deadline A deadline of 15 October was set for
data to be uploaded to the DKRZ server. It applies to the minimal
setting described in the ISI-MIP protocol. Please try your very best to
adhere to this deadline as it is the only way of keeping enough time for
writing the multi-model papers.
1. For the Special Feature up to 18 papers will be invited. 2. An
editorial committee has been formed to select papers. It consists of J.
Rocklöv, J. Elliott, A. Friend, N. Arnell, and the ISI-MIP team.
Furthermore, C. Rosenzweig and P. Kabat have been invited. 3. We will select the papers for a short list on Friday September 9. 4.
1) Since the official release of the ISI-MIP data we have put a lot
of effort into testing and documenting the bias correction method. We
have found that the algorithm currently used does not do exactly what we
want: In some cases, due to a technical problem, the width of the
frequency distribution of daily data is not corrected.
1. Identified problems with uploaded data First of
all, we are delighted to see that by now 13 modeling groups have already
submitted output data to our data pool at DKRZ. Along with the
delivered files we have discovered some issues regarding several
aspects of the files integrity among the majority of models. Most often
1. First of all, we are happy to be able to inform you that the ISI-MIP Special Feature in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the United States of America (PNAS)
we applied for some months ago has now been approved. As you know, the
sectoral overview papers are already set contributions.
We would hereby kindly like to remind you to register for our results
workshop by Monday, 13 August. To do so, please go to our website
(www.isimip.org). On the upper right, under "News & Events", click
on the entry "Register for the ISI-MIP Results Workshop September 2012"
and fill in the online registration form.
A group at Argonne National Lab in Chicago have kindly set up a
mirror of the ISI-MIP input-data archive on their Earth Systems Grid
node. This will help to further improve bandwidth and data access, and
we encourage you to consider this mirror site as a second option for
input data downloads, besides the DKRZ server in Hamburg.
1. We would like to encourage all workshop attendees to register on our website (www.isimip.org) until the 13th of August:
On the front page on the upper right you will find a News & Events
section, click on the entry "Register for the ISI-MIP Results Workshop
September 2012" and please fill in the online registration form. 2.
1) We are happy to provide you with a preliminary agenda for the ISI-MIP Results Workshop in September.
We have focused on maximizing the time available for modelling teams to
collaborate on paper writing. So in order to gain the maximum benefit
it would be expedient if paper authors/groups would coordinate what to
present in individual ses..
Registration is now open for the ISI-MIP Results Workshop in September!
Please find below a brief overview of the most relevant information
regarding the workshop: 1. Workshop dates The
workshop will take place from September 3-6, 2012 at the University of
Reading, UK. Monday, 3 September will begin after lunch and Thursday, 6
With this email we we would like to convey to you a number of important updates on the following subjects: 1. Additional hardware at DKRZ 2. New ISI-MIP data blog 3. New abstracts on DKRZ server 4. Output file preparation: netCDF4 instructions 5. New ISI-MIP datasets available 6. Deadlines for simulation results 7.
The revised HadGEM2-ES data are now available on the data server in
Hamburg. This includes all RCPs, spinup data and monthly means. Keeping
with our naming convention, the new data are labeled as _v3 for pr, prsn
and rhs, and _v2 for the other variables. Please note that in
the revised HadGEM2-ES data set, the period 2001-2010 is split into..
We would like to let you know that we have now uploaded your
preliminary ISI-MIP abstracts onto the DKRZ server. They are available
as zip-archive via
or by following the link on the start page of our website, www.isimip.org.
It is great to see that the first output data has already arrived on the DKRZ server!
In order to keep track of what model outputs are currently available on
the DKRZ server, we kindly ask you to notify us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with “[data submitted]” in the subject line when submitting new output data.
In this email we would like to make you aware of the new complete
climate data set that is now available, and to confirm the climate model
order of preferences in light of the recently discovered mistake in our
HadGEM2-ES data set. Please note that for the purposes of the
ISI-MIP fast-track impact model intercomparison, the available
We are happy to announce that the first datasets for the next GCM,
IPSL-CM5A-LR, are now available in the ISI-MIP archive. These are
historical data and RCP2.6, the other RCPs will follow in the next days.
Only the wind data are missing, as we are still checking them. The
delay in providing the next GCM was caused by the discovery of a proble..
In order to facilitate coordination between paper authors/teams, we
would like to make the preliminary abstracts that we have received from
you available to all other ISI-MIP participants. We will upload
the abstracts to a separate directory on the DKRZ server, so that they
will be accessible in the same fashion as the input data.
Below you will find information on how to upload your model output to
the DKRZ server in Hamburg, where it will be available for download for
all ISI-MIP participants. Please follow the three steps below; we
recommend you begin even before you have output data ready, as obtaining
the DKRZ account (step no.1) will take a little while.
This is just a brief email to alert you to some updates to the ISI-MIP data set. 1. A decision has been reached to adopt option 2 (see the Bias Correction fact sheet under www.isimip.org
> Bias correction) as the standard for ensuring consistency between
the relative and specific humidity data sets.
We have some important information to convey to you about new and
existing ISI-MIP climate data and changes in the ISI-MIP protocol. New data
We are happy to let you know that the SSP data are available now for
download from the ISI-MIP archive. The zip file available there contains
the data and an associated description.
The data on the DKRZ-Server in Hamburg is now complete for all variables
of the HadGEM2-ES model for the historical period, as well as RCP 8.5
and RCP 4.5. To access it, please go to www.isimip.org,
and then click "Input data". Further down on the same page, you will
find a link to the server where the data is located.
As explained in our last email, we have been revising the bias
correction method over the last couple of weeks and today we are happy
to be able to provide you with a first set of this corrected input data.
The temperature data now preserves the absolute trend while for the
other variables the relative trend is preserved.
With this circular, we are sending you some important information on the following topics: 1) Changes in bias correction method, replacement of input data 2) Status of precipitation and snowfall data 3) New email archive on website 4) New tools and auxiliary files available on website 5) Timeline for data upload 1) Changes in bias correction m..
In addition to the email we sent yesterday, please note the following information: 1)
The previously missing total wind speed (wind) data files for the
IPSL-CM5A-LR model, RCP8.5 scenario, are now available on the server
(IPSL-CM5A-LR/rcp8p5/wind/). 2) The warning we issued
regarding precipitation (ps) data has to be extended to the snowfal..
With this email, we are sending you some important information on the following topics:
1) Updates on input data availability 2) Updates to the simulation protocol 3) Output file preparation 1)
In addition to the climate input data that was initially made available
on March 23rd, we have now uploaded HadGEM2-ES data for the RCP6.
One piece of information that was missing in our previous email is how
to use the wget utility for bulk downloads from the input data server at
CSC/DKRZ. We apologize for this oversight! You can now find
instructions on our website www.isimip.org, under point 3 in the "Input data" section (direct link: http://www.pik-potsdam.
We are pleased to inform you that a first set of bias-corrected
climate input data is now available for use in your ISI-MIP impact
simulations. The data is kindly hosted by the Climate Service Center (CSC) on a server in Hamburg, Germany. To access it, please go to www.isimip.org,
and the "Input data".
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