Tuesday 24 January 2016
High-resolution climate change projection data for Queensland created by the Queensland Government’s Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation (DSITI) are now openly available via the TERN Data Discovery Portal.
Multiple state-wide climate simulations at a 10 km spatial resolution between 1980 and 2099, generated by downscaling the selected CMIP5 global climate models using CSIRO CCAM high-resolution climate model, are available for download.
This extensive dataset was developed by the Queensland Government’s Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation (DSITI) in collaboration with CSIRO to support the state’s Climate Adaptation Strategy (Q-CAS). The University of Queensland (UQ) Global Change Institute (GCI) through the QRISCloud facilitates storage of the data.
“The release of this important data into the public domain was only possible thanks to a coordinated and collaborative effort between TERN, DSITI, CSIRO, GCI and QRISCloud,” says Dr Mark Jacobs, the executive director of DSITI’s Science Delivery section.
“TERN’s data management and distribution services enabled DSITI to make these data openly available,” says Dr Jacobs. “Their services and technical assistance are vital for the release of important state government datasets, which are relied-upon by managers and scientists to help make better climate adaptation decisions and protect the environment into the future.”
TERN provides access to environmental data at the scales required and delivers the means for data to be collected, stored, published, and shared in consistent ways. Moreover, the network gives researchers, policy makers and environmental managers a better footing on which to make decisions, including on threat abatement and adaptation to climatic changes.