REGIONA L CLIMATE RESEARCH Needs and Opportunities BY L. RUBY LEUNG, LINDA O . MEARNS, FILIPPO GIORGI, AND ROBERT L. WILBY Workshop participants assessed current approaches to climate downscaling and recommended future paths for regional climate research. ecognizin g an urgent need to involve the re- boundaries. Wit h this definition, the upper limit on the search and application communities to advance regional scale is subcontinental, and the lower limit is regional climate research, the U.S. National Science practically dictated by the resolution of data and mod- Foundation and the Department o f Energy sponsored els—currently roughly 10-5 0 km. the Workshop on Regional Climate Research: Needs Whe n regional climate research began in the late and Opportunities on 2- 4 April 2001 at the National 1980s, global climate models (GCMs) at roughly 300 - Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado. 500-k m resolution were considered inadequate for Regional climate forcings including mountains, producing climate information needed for assessing land-water contrast, urban effect, and islands can pro- impacts of climate change and variability. Two areas duce statistically significant climatic signals such as o f research now fill the gap between global climate those related to orographic precipitation, sea breezes,
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Jan 1, 2003
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