High-Resolution Regional Climate Modeling 2010/01/01 2014/12/31 The following organizations:
- Plains and Prairie Potholes Landscape Conservation Cooperative
- National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center
- South Central Climate Science Center
- National Park Service
- U.S. Geological Survey
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
http://sd.water.usgs.gov/ The High-Resolution Regional Climate Modeling project uses the Advanced Research Weather Research and Forecasting Model (ARW) to simulate projected climate based on Atmosphere-Ocean General Circulation Model (AOGCM)boundary and initial conditions. Regional solutions include much of North America and projections currently extend to 2050.
The main objective of this project is to provide high-resolution climate projections in support of research and management needs for wildlife and water resources. Funded projects include modeling response of migratory birds to projected climate change in the Great Plains, response of karst aquifers and associated stygobitic (subterranean) fauna to climate change, effects to ecosystems in National Parks and Monuments, and snowpack modeling in the Northern Rockies. Several such studies require projections of surface temperature and precipitation at daily time steps, and additional climate variables such as winds and temperatures aloft, snowpack, soil moisture, and evapotranspiration. ARW is used to simulate these variables.