Changes in regional climate extremes as a function of global mean temperature: an interactive plotting framework
- 1Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
- 2ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
- 3Climate Change Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
- 4International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria
Abstract. This article extends a previous study Seneviratne et al. (2016) to provide regional analyses of changes in climate extremes as a function of projected changes in global mean temperature. We introduce the DROUGHT-HEAT Regional Climate Atlas, an interactive tool to analyse and display a range of well-established climate extremes and water-cycle indices and their changes as a function of global warming. These projections are based on simulations from the fifth phase of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP5). A selection of example results are presented here, but users can visualize specific indices of interest using the online tool. This implementation enables a direct assessment of regional climate changes associated with global mean temperature targets, such as the 2 and 1.5° limits agreed within the 2015 Paris Agreement.