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Spoilt for Choice: A Review and Evaluation of Downscaled Climate Data for the Pacific Northwest

Spoilt for Choice: A Review of Downscaled Climate Datasets for the PNW

Dates

Start Date
2017-08-21
End Date
2018-02-28

Summary

In order to assess and understand the potential impacts of climate change on important natural resources, managers, planners, and decision-makers need climate information at a local or regional scale. In general, Global Climate Models (GCMs) provide data at coarser scales than most natural resource managers need but Regional Climate Models (RCMs) are starting to deliver finer scale results. The project team will explore both dynamic downscaling products such as results from RCMs and statistical downscaling products generated at scales finer than the original projections. The Northwest CSC has supported a series of projects that have either generated or tested downscaled climate data for the Pacific Northwest region. There is limited [...]

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Contacts

Principal Investigator :
Dominique Bachelet
Funding Agency :
Northwest CSC

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Purpose

Resource managers, policymakers, and scientists require information on climate at a scale that is relevant for their specific uses. The NW Climate Science Center has given support to a series of projects that have either generated or tested downscaled climate data for the Pacific Northwest region. I propose to review the reports and web sites of these projects and provide a general evaluation of the downscaling methods. I will use the results from the hydrological model VIC and the results of the vegetation model MC2 used with different climate drivers to discuss the downscaling method influence on vegetation shifts, disturbance frequency and streamflow. I will illustrate their uncertainty distribution across the Northwest landscape (e.g. coastal areas, complex topography areas) and explore their usability, suitability and utility for a range of potential users.

Project Extension

projectStatusIn Progress
parts
typeTechnical Summary
valueThe NW Climate Science Center has given support to a series of projects that have either generated or tested downscaled climate data for the Pacific Northwest region. I propose to review the reports and web sites of these projects and provide a general evaluation of the downscaling methods. I will use the results from the hydrological model VIC and the results of the vegetation model MC2 used with different climate drivers to discuss the downscaling method influence on vegetation shifts, disturbance frequency and streamflow. I will illustrate their uncertainty distribution across the Northwest landscape (e.g. coastal areas, complex topography areas) and explore their usability, suitability and utility for a range of potential users.

Budget Extension

parts
typeAward Type
valueCooperative Agreement
typeAward Number
valueG17AC00390
totalFunds79688.0
annualBudgets
year2017
totalFunds79688.0

The Snake River - Credit: NPS
The Snake River - Credit: NPS

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Spatial Services

ScienceBase WMS

Communities

  • National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers
  • Northwest CASC

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Categories
NCCWSC Science Themes
Education, Modeling and Tools
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Provenance

rfpManager-2.4.1

Additional Information

Identifiers

Type Scheme Key
RegistrationUUID NCCWSC af5ca3dd-a9f5-4489-8dd8-da8c1cfdf4e6
StampID NCCWSC NW17-BD1249

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