Changement climatique - Recherche française (avec laboratoires CNRS) - 2010-2015


A method for regional climate change detection using smooth temporal patterns

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  • Ribes, Aurelien
  • Azais, Jean-Marc
  • Planton, Serge
CLIMATE DYNAMICS Volume: 35 Issue: 2-3 Pages: 391-406 Published: 2010

This paper introduces an original method for climate change detection, called temporal optimal detection method. The method consists in searching for a smooth temporal pattern in the observations. This pattern can be either the response of the climate system to a specific forcing or to a combination of forcings. Many characteristics of this new method are different from those of the classical optimal fingerprint method. It allows to infer the spatial distribution of the detected signal, without providing any spatial guess pattern. The spatial properties of the internal climate variability doesn't need to be estimated either. The estimation of such quantities being very challenging at regional scale, the proposed method is particularly well-suited for such scale. The efficiency of the method is illustrated by applying it on real homogenized datasets of temperatures and precipitation over France. A multimodel detection is performed in both cases, using an ensemble of atmosphere-ocean general circulation models for estimating the temporal patterns. Regarding temperatures, new results are highlighted, especially by showing that a change is detected even after removing the uniform part of the warming. The sensitivity of the method is discussed in this case, relatively to the computation of the temporal patterns and to the choice of the model. The method also allows to detect a climate change signal in precipitation. This change impacts the spatial distribution of the precipitation more than the mean over the domain. The ability of the method to provide an estimate of the spatial distribution of the change following the prescribed temporal patterns is also illustrated.

Author Keyword(s)
  • Climate change
  • Anthropogenic forcing
  • Detection
  • Attribution
  • Statistical test
  • Splines
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ESI Discipline(s)
  • Geosciences
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  • Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences

[Ribes, Aurelien; Planton, Serge] Meteo France CNRS, CNRM GAME, F-31057 Toulouse, France; [Azais, Jean-Marc] Univ Toulouse, UPS, IMT, F-31062 Toulouse 9, France

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Ribes, A (reprint author), Meteo France CNRS, CNRM GAME, 42 Av G Coriolis, F-31057 Toulouse, France.

  • France
CNRS - Adress(es)
  • Groupe d'étude de l'atmosphère météorologique (GAME), URA1357
  • Institut de Mathématiques de Toulouse (IMT), UMR5219
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