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The Use of Climate Information in Vulnerability Assessments

Online Resources for Climate Model Output

Direct Access to Climate Model Output

CMIP 3 (the model projections used in the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (AR4))

CMIP 5 (the models projections that will be used in the upcoming IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5))

National Center for Atmospheric Research - Earth System Grid (a portal for many output from a variety of models, both those used by the IPCC and those under development)

Evaluation of Models

IPCC AR4, Chapter 8: Climate Models and their Evaluation (a high-level, technical discussion of the state of climate modeling and an evaluation of the models used by the IPCC)

Examples of Processed or Downscaled Model Output

North American Regional Climate Assessment Program (a portal for dynamically-downscaled climate model output; output can be requested in various formats (ASCII, GIS))

North American Climate and Hydrology Projections (downscaled output from CMIP3 models and scenarios; output can be requested in NetCDF or ASCII formats; climate projections are valid for the continental U.S.; hydrologic data are available for the western U.S.)

Cal-Adapt (a web-based climate adaptation planning tool for the state of California. Contains statistically-downscaled data for the state, which can be downloaded or manipulated in an embedded Google maps viewer.)

Updated: 03/27/2014
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