International Conference on 

End User Needs for Regional Climate Change Scenarios 

7-9 March 2012 

GEOMAR | Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research
Kiel, Germany 


Organising Committee

Douglas Maraun (GEOMAR)
Martin Widmann (U Birmingham)
Rasmus Benestad (Metno, Norway)
Jens Christensen (DMI, Denmark)



Richard Chandler (UC London)
Deliang Chen (U Gothenburg)
Petra Friederichs (U Bonn)
Heike Huebener (Environment Agency Hesse)
Radan Huth (U Prague)
Erik Kjellström (Swedish Meteorological Institute)
Ian Noble (World Bank)

(to be continued)


An integral part of the EU COST Action VALUE is to initially adjust the scientific programme to end user needs. The conference aims to discuss different requirements of different end user communities, such as impact modellers, environment agencies, health authorities or politics. The VALUE working groups will then synthesise this information and adjust their science plan accordingly to ensure the best usability of their results and optimally tailored products for the end users of regional climate change simulations. The conference will be an ideal opportunity for those who would like to liaise with VALUE or simply would like to ensure that downscaling methods will be developed in a useful direction. 

The particular questions to be discussed will include

  • which variables are of interest for end users of climate change simulations?
  • which aspects of these variables (mean, extremes...)?
  • which climatic regions?
  • which time scales?
  • what is the required accuracy?

Presentations about downscaling methods and their validation are welcome as well. The conference will feature oral sessions and a poster session. 


We invite you to register and submit your abstract by mail to value2012(at) until 31.1.2012. The number of participants will be limited to 70, selected on a first-come-first-serve basis.  

A conference fee of 50 EUR will have to be paid. Details will follow shortly. 



 The conference will be the scientific kick-off for the new COST Action ES1102 "VALUE" on validating and developing  downscaling methods for climate change research and adaptation. Currently 19 European countries participate in VALUE, represented by institutes such as the METNO, SMHI, DMI, ETH Zurich, MeteoSwiss or the ICTP Trieste. Details about VALUE can be found at

For informal inquiries do not hesitate to contact Douglas Maraun (dmaraun(at) or Rasmus Benestad (rasmus.benestad(at)


More detail will be available in January 2012.

  • Prof. Dr. Douglas Maraun
    GEOMAR | Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
    Westshore Campus
    Düsternbrooker Weg 20 
    D-24105 Kiel 
    Phone: +49-431 600-4057
    Fax: +49-431 600-4052
    e-mail: value2012(at)