EGU General Assembly 2022
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MIdAS---MultI-scale bias AdjuStment

Peter Berg, Thomas Bosshard, Wei Yang, and Klaus Zimmermann
Peter Berg et al.
  • SMHI, Hydrology Research Unit, Norrköping, Sweden (

Bias adjustment is the practice of statistically transforming climate model data in order to reduce systematic deviations from a reference data set, typically some sort of observations. There are numerous proposed methodologies to perform the adjustments -- ranging from simple scaling approaches to advanced multi-variate distribution based mapping. In practice, the actual bias adjustment method is a small step in the application, and most of the processing handles reading, writing and linking different data sets. These practical processing steps become especially heavy with increasing model domain size and resolution in both time and space. Here, we present a new implementation platform for bias adjustment, which we call MIdAS (MultI-scale bias AdjuStment). MIdAS is a modern code implementation that supports features such as: modern Python libraries that are suitable for large computing clusters, state-of-the-art bias adjustment methods based on quantile mapping, "day-of-year" based adjustments to avoid artificial discontinuities, and also introduces cascade adjustment in time and space. The MIdAS platform has been set up such that it will support development of methods aimed at higher resolution climate model data, explicitly targeting cases where there is a scale mismatch between data sets. In this presentaton, we describe the MIdAS assumptions and features, and present results from the main evaluation of the method for different regions around the world. We also present the most recent development of MIdAS towards different parameters.

How to cite: Berg, P., Bosshard, T., Yang, W., and Zimmermann, K.: MIdAS---MultI-scale bias AdjuStment, EGU General Assembly 2022, Vienna, Austria, 23–27 May 2022, EGU22-737,, 2022.


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