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High-Resolution Climate Modeling for Regional Adaptation

A report recently published in the American Geophysical Union's Eos discussed High-Resolution Climate Modeling (HRCM). HRCM holds the potential to represent land surface characteristics at more ecologically-relevant scales than current models, but it has drawbacks. The report came from a workshop held last year. (read more)

In the photo: "Workshop attendees discussed how improved projections of rainfall extremes as climate changes could help officials mitigate erosion of archaeologically and culturally important locations such as this one at North Dakota’s Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site. The river has already eroded part of this 19th century Hidatsa village—only 31 visible earth lodge depressions remain. Credit: NPS"

The NCCSC and the Physics Science Division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Earth System Research Laboratory convened the workshop in Boulder, Colorado to talk about how High-Resolution Climate Modeling (HRCM) can better inform socioecological adaptation projects in the northern Great Plains of the U.S. Participants included climate experts, ecologists, and other climate modelers. Both benefits and drawbacks were discussed, and many participants were of the opinion that although HRCM has potential, the negatives to use currently outweigh the benefits. 

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