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  • Jul 17 - Resilient Network of Conservation Lands in the Northwest
    The Nature Conservancy, in a project funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, released a report that identifies the most resilient sites in the Northwest to best sustain native biodiversity as the changing climate alters current distribution patterns. Such sites are found by mapping key geophysical features, TNC Mark Anderson's "enduring features",  and evaluating them for landscape characteristics that should buffer against climate effects. The study area in the 2014 report covers 67 million hectares and includes all of the East Cascades/Modoc Plateau, Columbia Plateau and Middle Rockies/Blue Mts. Ecoregions and the U.S. portion of the Canadian Rockies ecoregion.
  • Jul 2 - Severe weather is forcing farmers to innovate and invest in new technology
    Farmers may disagree over the cause of climate change, especially whether it’s caused by humans, but it’s difficult to dismiss the extreme weather patterns that have developed in recent years. Climate change, farmers said at a conference on climate change in Washington D.C. put on by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, raises the stakes for farmers at a time when margins are squeezed by lower crop prices. Producers will need to devote more time and money to technology and innovation to sustain a track record of steadily rising yields.
  • Jun 21 - Chilling days and Daylength constrain growing season length
  • Jun 13 - China might limit its carbon emissions for first time
  • Jun 3 - Eastern forests act as a carbon sink

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General Circulation Models (GCMs)
A quick primer

General circulation models (GCMs or global climate models) have been designed to simulate the planet's future climate.  In the past 30 years climate modelers have been improving the GCMs' spatial resolution from the first assessment report (FAR-1995) to the fourth report (AR4-2007) for the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change) to meet the ...

The MAPSS Model
Projections of future potential vegetation

MAPSS (Mapped Atmosphere-Plant-Soil System) is a static biogeography model that projects potential vegetation distribution and hydrological flows on a grid. It simulates type of vegetation and density for all upland vegetation from deserts to wet forests. It uses long term, average ...

MC1 Dynamic Global Vegetation Model
Simulating vegetation and fire response to climate change

MC1 is a widely used dynamic global vegetation model (DGVM) that has been used to simulate potential vegetation shifts in California and Alaska, all of North America, and over the entire globe under various climate change scenarios. However, past simulations were run at a scale that is too coarse (e.g., 10km x ...

Seasonal Fire Forecasting
National-scale projections available monthly

One notable aspect of the MC1 Dynamic General Vegetation Model (DGVM) is the process-based fire module which simulates fire events and their impact on vegetation through time at regional to global scales. The module was built to explore the response of fire and its impacts to century-long ...

Sea Level Rise
Risks along US coasts

The Pacific Northwest coast includes a wide diversity of coastal habitats from including bluffs, sandy beaches, coastal marshes, tidal flats and eelgrass beds, supporting myriad species of fish and wildlife as well as local economies and cultural history. These coastal habitat are threatened by various human activities due to continued population ...