SEP 5, 2017 ADRIENNE WOOTTEN AND JESSICA BLACKBAND In recent years, numerous climate projections (such as MACA or LOCA) have been made available for use in impact assessments and adaptation planning. However, the breadth of available projections presents a daunting challenge to managers and scientists who are trying to determine which projections are appropriate for a particular decision context. … Continue reading Using Climate Projections in the (Almost) Real World
JAN 8, 2017 RYAN BOYLES On getting climate model projections in the hand of managers. In the past several decades, climate scientists have developed robust models that simulate past climate conditions and provide meaningful projections for the future. In the past several years, researchers have developed downscaled climate projections that provide the kind of local guidance … Continue reading We have these climate projections – now how do we use them?
APR 4, 2016 GENEVA GRAY Photo: Geneva Gray There is a lot of data out there. It seems like every agency has produced their own downscaled dataset using different methods, training data, and a hodge-podge of global climate models. They are all unique, but none of them are the “best.” This blog post will not give … Continue reading Downscaled to an estuary: Making it easier on climate data users
MAR 21, 2016 ADRIENNE WOOTTEN There have been several times so far in my short graduate career where I have ended up arguing with one professor or another over something few would think of. How much does the small stuff matter? That is, how much does a small change in methods in research matter? Let me … Continue reading The Small Stuff Matters
FEB 29, 2016 LAUREN R. KAISER Critically Endangered ʻAkekeʻe (Loxops caeruleirostris) Photo Credit: Jim Denny As an isolated island archipelago in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the Hawaiian Islands have become home to many endemic species found nowhere else in the world. Hawaiʻi provided a unique place for ecological divergence, leading to the evolution of … Continue reading Bye Bye Birdie: The Disappearing Avifauna of Hawaiʻi
MAY 20, 2014 ROSIE RECORDS Photo credit: ian.umces.edu The third U.S. National Climate Assessment report, released in early May, provides a national synthesis of climate change and its effects that are already being felt across multiple sectors within the U.S., including coastal flooding and extreme heat in the Northeast, shrinking summer sea ice and thawing permafrost … Continue reading 3rd National Climate Assessment Overview
NOV 12, 2013 TONI KLEMM Global temperature increases have been stalled since 2000. Meanwhile, the extreme summer droughts of 2011 and 2012 left many US farmers in ruins. Most climate models failed to project these phenomena correctly. US researchers now took a new attempt on finding a solution. The hiatus in global warming since the year … Continue reading Modeling the 2000-2012 Global Warming Hiatus
DEC 29, 2012 ROSIE RECORDS Photo: gettyimages.com The evening I’m writing this, our first real snow this winter has been on the ground for barely a day. My desk (or rather, kitchen table) is in the watershed of the Cache La Poudre River, at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. The Cache La Poudre is … Continue reading Climate, Weather and Water: A Quick Review From This Fall