SimCLIM

Created: 2/28/2011 - Updated: 12/14/2018

Overview

SimCLIM is a computer model system for examining the effects of climate variability and change over time and space. SimCLIM is designed to support decision making and climate proofing in a wide range of situations where climate and climate change pose risk and uncertainty.

SimCLIM's "open-framework" feature allows users to customise the model for their own geographical area and spatial resolution and to attach impact models.

Two new tools are now available for ArcGIS:

  1. SimCLIM for ArcGIS/Climate that for the USA includes BCSD CMIP5 data a 1km resolution for each of the 50 States and includes six variables (min, mean, max temp, precip and solar radiation and wind). We also have study areas for Australia and are building up for other parts of the world.
  2. SimCLIM for ArcGIS/Marine that includes nine biogeophysical variables for the oceans, also using CMIP5 GCM data.

Audience

SimCLIM is designed to support decision making and climate proofing in a wide range of situations where climate and climate change pose risk and uncertainty. A user customised SimCLIM Open Framework System software package has the capacity to assess baseline climates and current variability and extremes. Risks can be assessed both currently and in the future. Adaptation measures can be tested for present day conditions and under future scenarios of climate change and variability. With the program, users can conduct sensitivity analysis and examine sectoral impacts of climate change. SimCLIM supports integrated impact analysis at various scales.

A series of training videos are available on the SimCLIM website, including discussions on how to create ensembles of general circulation models, generate site-specific scenarios, and browse data.

CLIMsystems strives to empower individuals, organizations and communities to reduce the risks posed by climatic variability and change, through the provision of software tools and scientific information for better decision-making. It is dedicated to ensuring that its customers receive the highest quality products and support required to successfully use and benefit from its software and services.                          

Keywords

Sector Addressed: 
Disaster Risk Management
Type of Tool: 
Modeling and Analysis
Climate Models
Downscaled Climate Models
GIS Mapping
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Capacity Building
Conduct / Gather additional research, data, and products
Conduct scenario planning exercise
Tool Cost: 
Varies with application