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Regional Climate Information—Evaluation and Projections
Climate Change 2001: The Scientific bases
  • F. Giorgi, Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics
  • B. Hewitson
  • J. Christensen
  • M. Hulme
  • H. Von Storch
  • P. Whetton
  • R. Jones
  • L. Mearns, National Center for Atmospheric Research
  • C. Fu
  • R. Arritt, Iowa State University
  • B. Bates
  • R. Benestad
  • G. Boer
  • A. Buishand
  • M. Castro
  • D. Chen
  • W. Cramer
  • R. Crane
  • J. F. Crossley
  • M. Dehn
  • K. Dethloff
  • J. Dippner
  • S. Emori
  • R. Francisco
  • J. Fyfe
  • F. W. Gersetengarbe
  • W. Gutowski, Iowa State University
  • D. Gyalistras
  • I. Hanssen-Bauer
  • M. Hantel
  • D. C. Hassell
  • D. Heimann
  • C. Jack
  • J. Jacobeit
  • H. Kato, Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry
  • R. Katz
  • F. Kauker
  • T. Knutson
  • M. Lal
  • C. Landsea
  • R. Laprise, International Center for Theoretical Physics
  • L. R. Leung, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • A. H. Lynch
  • W. May
  • J. L. McGregor, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
  • N. L. Miller
  • J. Murphy
  • J. Ribalaygua
  • A. Rinke
  • M. Rummukainen
  • F. Semazzi
  • K. Walsh
  • P. Werner
  • M. Widmann
  • R. Wilby
  • M. Wild
  • Y. Xue
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This chapter assesses regional climate information from Atmosphere-Ocean General Circulation Models (AOGCMs) and techniques used to enhance regional detail. These techniques have been substantially improved since the IPCC WGI Second Assessment Report (IPCC, 1996) (hereafter SAR) and have become more widely applied. They fall into three categories: high and variable resolution Atmosphere General Circulation Models (AGCMs); regional (or nested limited area) climate models (RCMs); and empirical/statistical and statistical/dynamical methods. The techniques exhibit different strengths and weaknesses and their use depends on the needs of specific applications.

This chapter is from Climate Change 2001: The Scientific Basis, ed. J. T. Houghton, Y. Ding, D. J. Griggs, M. Noguer, P. J. vad der Linden, X. Dai, K. Maskell, C. A. Johnson. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

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F. Giorgi, B. Hewitson, J. Christensen, M. Hulme, et al.. "Regional Climate Information—Evaluation and Projections" Climate Change 2001: The Scientific bases (2001) p. 583 - 638
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