Climate Change in Australia 2015
Acknowledgement of terms relating to data use


You have chosen to download data from the Climate Change in Australia website. It is a condition of downloading from this site that you agree to the following:

1. I acknowledge that the data I am downloading represent just one of many realisations of plausible future climate
You are downloading the results from a single climate model, run under one of a number of emissions scenarios and for a single future time period. Choice of the model/scenario/time-period combination can have a significant effect on the results of impact assessments. If you have not already done so (or have defensible reasons not to), you should download results from a number of models (at least three), selected in a way that represents the relevant range in projections from all available models (e.g. using Climate Futures ) for at least two emissions scenarios. Future time-period(s) should be relevant to the time horizon for decision-making. More

2. I am aware of the limitations of climate model data
To make the most appropriate use of climate model data, it is important to understand their strengths and weaknesses. These issues are covered in detail in the Climate Campus . In particular, you should understand:
2.1 Climate models produce plausible simulations of future mean climate, based on various assumptions, but they are not weather forecasts.
2.2 In general, the models perform better over large areas; ‘zooming in’ too far can produce spurious results (for example, it is not advisable to take values from individual model grid cells).

3. I understand that the high resolution (5 km) ‘future climate’ data assume that past patterns of spatial and temporal variability are unchanged in future
The high resolution data available from the Map Explorer are produced using a simple scaling or ‘delta change’ method. In this method, the broad-scale climate change ‘signal’ from a climate model (which typically has data points spaced about 200 km apart) is applied to a high resolution set of climate observations (on a 5 km grid for AWAP variables, and interpolated to 5 km from a 70 km grid for ERA-Interim variables). This method preserves the patterns of temporal and spatial variation that are present in the observed climate data. However, it is important to remember that the method cannot add any finer resolution change information such as changes in short-term variability or highly localised differences in the direction or magnitude of change. More

4. I acknowledge that I should also obtain a copy of the relevant metadata
You should also take a copy of the appropriate metadata, which is contained within the NetCDF version of the data.

5. I understand that use of these data is subject to the Climate Change in Australia website Terms of Use
Except where otherwise indicated, these data are provided under a non-transferable Creative Commons (Non Commercial) license. Commercial users must have a separate license. The full Terms of Use are available here .

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I understand that by clicking the “I Agree” button on the data download form, I am indicating that I agree with all of the above.