Climate Change Modeling add-in for ArcGIS Desktop called ‘SimCLIM for ArcGIS – Climate’ Available Now

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CLIMsystems in collaboration with ESRI(Redlands California) and Eagle Technology (New Zealand) have produced a world class climate modeling add-in that runs within ArcGIS Desktop. The new tool can be trialed and different study areas can be purchased for different regions and at various resolutions. Climate models for precipitation and temperature can now be rapidly combined with other ESRI mapped images thus adding a climate dimension to many mapping projects.

"The new SimCLIM-for-ArcGIS “CLIMATE” add-in is a great innovation" Dr. Kathleen Kozyniak of Hawkes Bay Regional Council

Between the Eye on Earth Summit in Abu Dhabi in November 2011 and the recent COP 18 in Doha, Qatar, the climate change and risk assessment experts at CLIMsystems Ltd in New Zealand have been busy. With strong ties forged with ESRI in Redlands, California and also with Eagle Technology in New Zealand, two important events have marked 2012. CLIMsystems has both attained Silver Partner status with ESRI and has also announced the release of a new Add-in for ArcGIS call SimCLIM for ArcGIS - Climate. With six SRES scenarios and 21 GCM patterns to choose from, the flexibility for climate modeling is enormous. An upgrade with AR5 data will be available with ratification of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report. Variables include precipitation, minimum, maximum and mean temperature as well as additional variables depending on the downloaded study area.

The Add-in, which is an easy to use tool for ArcGIS, brings the big data of general circulation models (GCMs) for climate change modeling to the ESRI community. The innovative methods for data processing applied by CLIMsystems allows for the delivery of high quality spatial data. The idea was spawned at the Eye on Earth Summit during a conversation between Jack Dangermond, CEO of ESRI and Dr. Peter Kouwenhoven, a Senior Climate Scientist at CLIMsystems. By the end of October 2012 the beta testing was well underway and the feedback from potential end users was extremely positive. As Dr. Kathleen Kozyniak of the Hawkes Bay Regional Council in New Zealand said “The new SimCLIM-for-ArcGIS “CLIMATE” add-in is a great innovation. Having all the functionality of ArcGIS, it’s easy to create maps that include or are clipped to particular areas, catchments or features of interest and to calculate rainfall or temperature changes across chosen locations. I’m looking forward to what CLIMsystems comes up with next!”

The SimCLIM for Arc-GIS Add-in sits within the ArcGIS toolbar and is therefore easily launched for creating baseline and climate change layers for various regions, countries and States/Provinces around the world. For example, there is a global data set at 50 kilometre resolution and an African data set at 5 kilometre resolution. For the USA, the entire country is represented at a 5 kilometre resolution and each state is a separate study area at 1 kilometre resolution. There are also data sets for Australia (and each of its States and Territories), the Middle East, Europe, New Zealand and Southeast Asia at between 5 and 1 kilometre resolution. The team at CLIMsystems is also continuing to develop new data packages and at the same time developing a second Add-in to be called SimCLIM for ArcGIS - Marine. The variables being developed include: aragonite saturation state; concentration of oxygen in the thermocline; sea surface temperature; and, upper ocean stratification.

CLIMsystems has recently been nominated by ESRI for consideration of an award for the Standalone Desktop Application (Runtime) and Best New Partner, with the winner to be announced at the ESRI Partner Conference in Palm Springs in March.

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CLIMsystems, established in 2003, has an impressive international footprint delivering innovative climate modeling tools backed by high quality data processing capabilities. The science underpinning the models is supported by a prestigious scientific advisory panel of preeminent climate change scholars. The extensive network of Associates located around the world and affiliated with a range of stakeholder groups further strengthens the commitment and capacity for CLIMsystems to deliver high quality products and services.

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