A Decade of Climate Scenarios: The Ouranos Consortium Modus Operandi

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Marie-France Sottile Ouranos Consortium, Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Ross D. Brown Climate Research Division. Environment Canada, Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Ouranos is a nonprofit consortium launched in 2002 with the mandate to provide climate services to its governmental, academic, and private partners. These services have focused on the impacts of climate change in the province of Québec, the identification of vulnerabilities and opportunities associated with the future climate, and the assessment of adaptation options. This paper discusses the experience and insights acquired at Ouranos over the last 10 years in building climate scenarios in support of these impact and adaptation studies. Most of this work is aimed at making climate science intelligible and useful for end users, and the paper describes approaches to developing climate scenarios that are tailored to the needs and level of climate expertise of different user categories. The experience has shown that a group of professionals dedicated to scenario construction and user support is a key element in the delivery of effective climate services.

CORRESPONDING AUTHOR: Diane Chaumont, Ouranos, 550 Sherbrooke West, 19th floor, Montréal, QC H3A 1B9, Canada, E-mail: chaumont.diane@ouranos.ca

Ouranos is a nonprofit consortium launched in 2002 with the mandate to provide climate services to its governmental, academic, and private partners. These services have focused on the impacts of climate change in the province of Québec, the identification of vulnerabilities and opportunities associated with the future climate, and the assessment of adaptation options. This paper discusses the experience and insights acquired at Ouranos over the last 10 years in building climate scenarios in support of these impact and adaptation studies. Most of this work is aimed at making climate science intelligible and useful for end users, and the paper describes approaches to developing climate scenarios that are tailored to the needs and level of climate expertise of different user categories. The experience has shown that a group of professionals dedicated to scenario construction and user support is a key element in the delivery of effective climate services.

CORRESPONDING AUTHOR: Diane Chaumont, Ouranos, 550 Sherbrooke West, 19th floor, Montréal, QC H3A 1B9, Canada, E-mail: chaumont.diane@ouranos.ca
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