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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)) http://www-pcmdi.llnl.gov/ipcc/about_ipcc.php

CMIP 5 (the models projections that will be used in the upcoming IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5)) http://pcmdi-cmip.llnl.gov/cmip5/index.html

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) http://www.earthsystemgrid.org/home.htm

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)http://www.ipcc.ch/publications_and_data/ar4/wg1/en/ch8s8-es.html

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)) http://www.narccap.ucar.edu/

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.) http://gdo-dcp.ucllnl.org/downscaled_cmip3_projections/dcpInterface.html

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.) http://cal-adapt.org/

Updated: 03/27/2014
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