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Western North American Climate Data from the Pacific Northwest Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

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ClimateWNA was used to downscale historical data and future climate projections to a 1-km 2 grid. ClimateWNA is a program that generates both directly calculated and derived climate variables for specific locations across western North America (Wang et al. 2012) using Parameter-elevation Regressions on Independent Slopes Model (PRISM). We generated annual, seasonal and monthly climate data for the period 1961 to 1990. For future climate projections, we used the SRES A2 greenhouse-gas emissions scenario from the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report. We generated five sets of future climate projections averaged for the time period 2070-2099: BCCR BCM2.0, CCCMA CGCM3, CSIRO MK 3.0, INMCM 3.0, MIROC3.2 MEDRES. Downloads: Historical (1961-1990) [...]

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In response to the potential challenge that climate change poses to natural resource managers, the University of Washington has partnered with key collaborators in the region to conduct a climate change vulnerability assessment of an area spanning the Pacific Northwest region of North America. This assessment will provide resource managers and decision makers with some of the most basic and important information about how species and ecological systems will likely respond to climate change. It will also allow researchers to answer important scientific questions regarding the potential impacts of climate change on natural resources.

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  • LC MAP - Landscape Conservation Management and Analysis Portal
  • North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative

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