Articles | Volume 18, issue 4
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 18, 503–511, 2011
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 18, 503–511, 2011

Research article 22 Jul 2011

Research article | 22 Jul 2011

Perturbing a Weather Generator using change factors derived from Regional Climate Model simulations

P. D. Jones1, C. Harpham1, C. M. Goodess1, and C. G. Kilsby2 P. D. Jones et al.
  • 1Climatic Research Unit, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TJ, UK
  • 2School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, University of Newcastle, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE1 7RU, UK

Abstract. The purpose of this paper is to provide a method for perturbing Weather Generators (WGs) for future decades and to assess its effectiveness. Here the procedure is applied to the WG implemented within the UKCP09 package and assessed using data from a Regional Climate Model (RCM) simulation which provides a significant "climate change" between a control run period and a distant future. The WG is normally calibrated on observed data. For this study, data from an RCM control period (1961–1990) was used, then perturbed using the procedure. Because only monthly differences between the RCM control and scenario periods are used to perturb the WG, the direct daily RCM scenario may be considered as unseen data to assess how well the perturbation procedure reproduces the direct RCM simulations for the future.