Congratulations ! More than a thousand users since the prototype has been launched in the beginning of 2018

We have registered 1174 users since January 2018. We are still collecting your valuable feedbacks and making new training sessions. If you want to participate, just contact us !



Another interesting table showing the top ten countries that used the prototype for the last month. Brazil is on the top with 50 sessions followed by Canada and Finland. Even though most of Norwegians were on vacations, we noticed few activities as well


Posted by Abdelkader, 27 August 2018

Feedbacks on the prototype

We have now received some feedback and suggestions on this prototype. Here are some of them in italics together with our thoughts written in bold.

  • Missing important features, most notably *being able to choose RCP scenario in the settings stage* right now if one plots individual models the figure gets WAY too crowded, because there are too many models and scenarios. The only way to look at a specific scenario is by grouping and deselecting the undesired scenarios, which is a bit cumbersome and more difficult.¬†We could have added RCPs, but have not got this far yet. Also purpose of this prototype is to convey information about models and their quality (based on one example), and not to provide scenarios¬†for the future. The purpose is to give a “crowded” first impression, but there are ways to “uncrowd” the figure, for instance by clicking on the legends or the metadata table to select or deselect/hide individual or groups of models.¬†¬†
  • Too many models from the same institution –> introduces bias in the ensemble mean (NASA GISS gets 5 “votes” per scenario –> undemocratic ensemble)¬†These are different realisations¬†and their differences reveal information about natural variability. Again, it is possible to hide some of the runs. One should not compare averages of ensemble members for one given model if the ensemble has different size to that of other ensembles or if compared with single model runs.¬†¬†
  • It would be useful to quickly see the most important metadata when hovering over a simulation in the legend, e.g. the resolution.¬†It’s in there and has already¬†been implemented for the data users who have more options. You need to group the models by e.g. “Horizontal.resolution” and the information will then show up in the hoover.
  • Is it possible to remove the window-within-a-window style of the page? Can the whole “page” be just the actual application frame?¬†Yes, we are working on this, and the recent changes will soon be updated¬† on our server.¬†
  • Will there be any other parameters besides temperature and precipitation? We could have added more variables, but since this is a prototype, we have limited the variables to the most commonly used ones for users of climate information. We may include wind in the future.¬†
  • When you open the item 1 (i.e., the area selection), the zoom in/out buttons are overlapping with the text. Thanks!¬†We will look into this.

Rasmus (August 8, 2018)

Three oral presentations of the DECM prototype at EMS 2018 in Budapest

We are glad to inform you about our contributions to the upcoming EMS 2018 in Budapest. See you there.


Posted by Abdelkader (MET Norway) on June, 26, 2018

EMS2018-388 | Orals | OSA3.5

What kinds of evaluation and quality control tools are needed for users of climate information? ‚Äď The DECM project story
Hilppa Gregow, Antti M√§kel√§, Anna Salonen, Juliane Otto, Elisabeth Viktor, Gabriella Sz√©psz√≥, P√©ter Szab√≥, Gabriella Zsebeh√°zi, Jens Hesselbjerg Christensen, Ole B√łssing Christensen, Marianne Sloth Madsen, Rasmus Benestad, Kajsa Maria Parding, Andreas Dobler, Abdelkader Mezghani, Jouni R√§is√§nen, Olle R√§ty, Harilaos Loukos, Sami Ilvonen, and Ari Lukkarinen
Tue, 04 Sep, 14:45‚Äď15:00, Room E II

EMS2018-478 | Orals | OSA3.5

A prototype for showing the merits and limitations of multi-model climate ensembles
Rasmus E. Benestad, Abdelkader Mezghani, Andreas Dobler, Hilppa Gregow, Antti Mäkelä, Olle Räty, Kajsa M. Parding, Helene B. Erlandsen, Sami Ilvonen, and Ari Lukkarinen
Tue, 04 Sep, 15:00‚Äď15:15, Room E II

EMS2018-686 | Orals | ES3.1

Co-designing and training of easy-to-use www-applications for examining climate projections
Antti Mäkelä, Juliane Otto, Jouni Räisänen, Tiina Ervasti, Elisabeth Viktor, Rasmus Benestad, Abdelkader Mezghani, and Hilppa Gregow
Thu, 06 Sep, 14:45‚Äď15:00, Room E238

European regions now included !

We have fixed few bugs and included statistics based on Euro-CORDEX GCMs/RCMs simulations for 33 European countries. We have also included titles to the plots showing the region of interest. The included countries are listed hereafter in alphabetical order. An example of selection¬† ‘Region : Hungary’ is also shown below.

[1] Albania                       
[2] Bosnia and Herzegovina
[3] Bulgaria                      
[4] Denmark                       
[5] Ireland                       
[6] Estonia                       
[7] Austria                       
[8] Czech Republic                      
[9] Finland                       
[10] France                        
[11] Germany                       
[12] Greece                        
[13] Croatia                       
[14] Hungary                       
[15] Iceland                       
[16] Italy                         
[17] Latvia                        
[18] Belarus                       
[19] Lithuania                     
[20] Slovakia                      
[21] The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
[22] Netherlands                   
[23] Norway                        
[24] Poland                        
[25] Portugal                      
[26] Romania                       
[27] Republic of Moldova
[28] Russia                        
[29] Spain                         
[30] Sweden                        
[31] Switzerland                   
[32] United Kingdom                       
[33] Ukraine

You should note that parts of the regions laying outside the Euro-CORDEX domain are masked when the region over which the statistics are computed is mapped as it is the case, for instance, for Russia.

Posted by Abdelkader, on June 12, 2018

Added IP anonymization for google analytics

As you (hopefully) know, we are tracking what you are doing in the prototype using google analytics. This is done to calculate some statistics, which will help us in future improvements and usage evaluations. To be in agreement with the new laws (GDPR), we have now anonymized the tracking IP. We still might know which country you are accessing from, but not the institute or exact location.

Also, your name is no longer required for a feedback on the page, so we are basically not collecting any “Personally identifiable information” any more, except for your email address in the¬†feedback form.


Posted by Andreas, MET Norway, on June, 7, 2018

New regions will be uploaded soon, especially, for EURO-CORDEX domain.

We are currently working on calculating the statistics for : Finland, Norway, Denmark, Germany, France, and Hungary in Europe based on Euro-CORDEX regional climate model simulations.  This will definitely support the climate services on national levels.

We will notify you once we are done, in the meantime, enjoy the prototype !

Posted by Abdelkader, MET Norway, on June, 6, 2018

Usage statistics

Dears, we have registered almost 412 users and 565 sessions for the last two months (April and May 2018). On average, there are 15 users of the prototype each day and each user have spent approximately 6.75 minutes. The prototype is doing very well.

Number of users and sessions for the last two months.

Posted by Abdelkader on June 6, 2018, MET Norway