Understanding Climate Model Variability

An analysis of the future climate of the Columbia River Basin helps create a better understanding of the differences between climate models.


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What the Ambitious Integrated Scenarios Project Says About the Northwest Under Climate-Change; How Do Climate Models Work; and What the Heck is Downscaling Anyway?

Toward a Regional Earth System Model

Numerical models of the climate system continue to evolve and improve, incorporating more and more elements that influence climate. Two important directions of improvement are finer spatial resolution (being able to drill down to smaller and smaller areas), and representations of that most unpredictable aspect of climate: human behavior. These models are called “earth system…