Articles | Volume 15, issue 8
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-15-3387-2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-15-3387-2022
Model evaluation paper
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22 Apr 2022
Model evaluation paper |  | 22 Apr 2022

Precipitation over southern Africa: is there consensus among global climate models (GCMs), regional climate models (RCMs) and observational data?

Maria Chara Karypidou, Eleni Katragkou, and Stefan Pieter Sobolowski

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The region of southern Africa (SAF) is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and is projected to experience severe precipitation shortages in the coming decades. Reliable climatic information is therefore necessary for the optimal adaptation of local communities. In this work we show that regional climate models are reliable tools for the simulation of precipitation over southern Africa. However, there is still a great need for the expansion and maintenance of observational data.