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  • Dec 17 - The Arctic is warming at twice the rate of anywhere else on Earth
    A new NOAA-led report shows that Arctic air temperatures continue to rise at more than twice the rate of global air temperatures, a phenomenon known as Arctic amplification.
  • Dec 17 - NOAA statistics for November 2014
    November 2014 global temperature tied for 7th highest on record, and the year-to-date global temperature is the highest on record for globe.

    For the second year in a row, Australia observed its warmest spring (September–November) in the 105-year period of record, at 3.01°F (1.67°C) above the 1961–1990 average. This breaks the previous record, set in 2013, by 0.18°F (0.10°C).

    Austria had its warmest fall since records began in 1767, while Denmark, Germany, France, and Switzerland each reported their second warmest fall on record, with periods of record varying by country, with each dating back more than a century.

    The global ocean surface temperature for the year-to-date was 1.03°F (0.57°C) above average, the warmest such period on record, surpassing the previous record set in 1998 by 0.07°F (0.04°C). The margin of error is ±0.07°F (0.04°C).
  • Dec 4 - Mitigation of short-lived climate forcers can only be a complementary strategy on top of CO2 mitigation
  • Dec 4 - Emerging diseases
  • Nov 12 - Winter birds are changing

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General Circulation Models (GCMs)

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

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
[ 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 10km for the
Seasonal Fire Forecasting

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

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 ...