An enhanced archive facilitating climate impacts analysis

Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
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We describe the expansion of a publicly available archive of downscaled climate and hydrology projections for the United States. Those studying or planning to adapt to future climate impacts demand downscaled climate model output for local or regional use. The archive we describe attempts to fulfill this need by providing data in several formats, selectable to meet user needs. Our archive has served as a resource for climate impacts modelers, water managers, educators, and others. Over 1,400 individuals have transferred more than 50 TB of data from the archive. In response to user demands, the archive has expanded from monthly downscaled data to include daily data to facilitate investigations of phenomena sensitive to daily to monthly temperature and precipitation, including extremes in these quantities. New developments include downscaled output from the new Coupled Model Intercomparison Project phase 5 (CMIP5) climate model simulations at both the monthly and daily time scales, as well as simulations of surface hydrologi- cal variables. The web interface allows the extraction of individual projections or ensemble statistics for user-defined regions, promoting the rapid assessment of model consensus and uncertainty for future projections of precipitation, temperature, and hydrology. The archive is accessible online ( cmip_projections).

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title An enhanced archive facilitating climate impacts analysis
Series title Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
DOI 10.1175/BAMS-D-13-00126.1
Volume 95
Issue 7
Year Published 2014
Language English
Publisher American Meteorological Society
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) National Research Program - Western Branch
Description 9 p.
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
First page 1011
Last page 1019
Country United States
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