Pinpointing climate change uncertainty

June 6, 2014 8:19 PM

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Pinpointing climate change uncertainty

The National Climate Assessment, released recently by the White House, describes a troubling array of climate woes currently affecting the United States — from intense droughts and heat waves to more extreme precipitation and floods — all caused by climate change. The report also describes how climate change is expected to impact regions across the nation in the future, while noting that exact regional forecasts are difficult to pin down. At the larger scale, it is clear that climate is changing, but local predictions can disagree on the extent temperatures will increase, and what regions will be hit the hardest with precipitation changes.

In a study published this week in Climatic Change, MIT researchers examine the factors that contribute to differing predictions of regional climate change. Often, climate change researchers must try to predict what climate polices will affect emissions in the future, leading to varying estimates of ...

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