Joint ICTP-Trieste/ICTP-SAIFR Advanced School on Regional Climate Modeling over South America

Start time: February 15, 2016

Ends on: February 19, 2016

Location: São Paulo, Brazil


Organizing Committee / Speakers:

  • Tercio Ambrizzi (Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil)
  • Erika Coppola (ICTP-Trieste, Italy)
  • Filippo Giorgi (ICTP-Trieste, Italy)
  • Marta Llopart  (ICTP-Trieste, Italy)
  • Laura Mariotti (ICTP-Trieste, Italy)
  • Rosmeri Porfirio da Rocha (Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil)

Invited Speakers:

  • Marcelo Barreiro (Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay)
  • Iracema F.A. Cavalcanti (CPTEC. Brazil)
  • Chou Sin Chan (CPTEC, Brazil)
  • Santiago Cuadra (EMBRAPA, Brazil)
  • Julio Pablo Fernandez (CPTEC, Brazil)
  • Graziano Giuliani (ICTP, Italy)
  • Michelle Reboita (UNIFEI, Brazil)
  • Maria Elisa Silva (USP, Brazil)
  • Silvina Solman (Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Regional climate models (RCMs) are widely used tools to produce high-resolution climate simulations at regional scales. The ICTP regional climate modeling system, RegCM, is one of the most used RCMs worldwide, with applications ranging from regional process studies to paleoclimate, climate change, chemistry-climate and biosphere-atmosphere interactions. This event will include lectures and hands-on sessions on the theory of regional climate dynamics and regional climate change while providing a background on regional climate modeling studies focused on the South American region.

The School is intended for early career scientists and advanced PhD students from developing countries, in particular South America. There is no registration fee and limited funds are available for local and travel support of participants. More information can be accessed via the ICTP activity agenda page at: and a direct link to the online application is available below. 





Contact information at ICTP Trieste:, Telephone: 39-040-2240-374

List of Confirmed Participants: Updated on Feb 3

Satisfaction Survey:


School Program: PDF version updated on February 15

Click on the title of the lectures/seminars to watch the videos and on (PDF) do download the lecture files. 


Monday, Feb. 15

Tuesday, Feb. 16

Wednesday, Feb. 17

Thursday, Feb. 18

Friday, Feb. 19








Erika Coppola

Regional Earth System Climate modelling  at ICTP: current status and future prospective (PDF)

Erika Coppola

Added value of Regional climate modelling. Where to look for it and how: two examples from Med and EURO-CORDEX ensemble (PDF)

Tercio Ambrizzi

General Circulation Patterns from Large to Regional Scale: Impacts on South America

Santiago Cuadra

Assessment of Climate change impacts on grain crops for the Southern Brazil – projections from SA CORDEX and CMIP5

Lab Session

G.Giuliani, L. Mariotti, M. Llopart

10:00- 10:30

Rosmeri da Rocha

A review of applications by GreC-USP of RegCM model to climate analysis, forecasting, and future projections over South America (video at 0:39)  (PDF)

Laura Mariotti

Seasonal and intraseasonal changes of
African monsoon climates in 21st century CORDEX projections (video at 0:42) (PDF)

Iracema F.A. Cavalcanti

South America precipitation analysis using Regional Models (video at 0:47) (PDF)

Maria Elisa Silva

Local and remote climatic impacts due to land use degradation in the Amazon “Arc of Deforestation” (video at 0:46) (PDF)

Lab Session

G.Giuliani, L. Mariotti, M. Llopart


Coffee break

Coffee break

Coffee break

Coffee break

Coffee break


Silvina Solman

Multiscale analysis of precipitation variability over South America: A
preliminar analysis of the added value of RCMs (PDF)

Michelle Reboita

Cyclones over Southwestern South Atlantic Ocean: downscale with RegCM4

Marcelo Barreiro

Variability of summertime transient eddy propagation over South America 

Participants presentations

Francisco Junior – Regional Climate Simulations and impacts on Northern and Northeastern Brazil

Pablo Borges

Romina Ruscica – Land surface – atmosphere interaction in southeastern South America (PDF)


Downscaling of climate change projections over
Southeast Brazil 


Marta Llopart

Climate change impact on precipitation for the Amazon and La Plata basins (PDF)

Julio Pablo Fernandez

Impact of global warming on the vegetation in South America from
regional climate model simulations (video at 0:42)

Laura Mariotti

The Regional Earth System Model (RegESM) using RegCM4 coupled with the MITgcm ocean model (video at 0:45) (PDF)

Lab Session

G.Giuliani, L. Mariotti, M. Llopart


Lunch Time

Lunch Time

Lunch Time

Lunch Time

Lunch Time


RegCM4 Tutorial

G.Giuliani, L. Mariotti, M. Llopart (PDF1, PDF2, PDF3)

RegCM4 Tutorial

G.Giuliani, L. Mariotti, M. Llopart (PDF1, PDF2, PDF3)

Lab Session

G.Giuliani, L. Mariotti, M. Llopart

Lab Session

G.Giuliani, L. Mariotti, M. Llopart

Groups presentations


Ice break


Additional Information:

Registration: ALL participants should register. The registration will be on February 15 at the institute from 8:30 to 09:30 am. You can find arrival instruction at

Accommodation: Participants whose accommodation has been provided by the institute will stay at The Universe Flat. Each participant, whose accommodation has been provided by the institute, has received the accommodation details individually by email.

Emergency number: 9 8233 8671 (from São Paulo city); +55 11 9 8233 8671 (from abroad), 11 9 8233 8671 (from outside São Paulo).

Ground transportation instructions: 

Ground transportation from Guarulhos Airport to The Universe Flat

Ground transportation from Congonhas Airport to the Universe Flat

Ground transportation from The Universe Flat to the institute