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  • Feb 16 - Dead Zones to Multiply with Warming
    "Dead zones—coastal regions where bottom waters are so low in dissolved oxygen during the summer that marine life can’t survive—are expected to increase in both size and number as climate change intensifies. In shallow, isolated estuaries and coastal seas where dead zones are most common, water temperature is closely linked to air temperature. Because of that connection, ocean scientists predict that global warming will have a significant impact on dead zones in the future, according to a recent study of more than 400 dead zones worldwide."

    Source: Altieri, A. H. and Gedan, K. B. (2014), Climate change and dead zones. Global Change Biology. doi: 10.1111/gcb.12754
  • Feb 11 - Sea otters help kelp fix carbon
  • Jan 23 - Old ice becoming rare at the pole
  • Jan 23 - PNW glaciers are shrinking
  • Jan 16 - 2014 globally warm

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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 ...