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Integrated Scenarios of Climate, Hydrology, and Vegetation for the Northwest

Project Information

Principal Investigator(s):
Philip Mote (Oregon State University)
John Abatzoglou (University of Idaho)
Dennis P Lettenmaier (University of Washington)
David Turner (Oregon State University)
David E Rupp (Oregon State University)
Dominique Bachelet (Conservation Biology Institute)
David Conklin (Conservation Biology Institute)
Nicholas Coops (University of British Columbia)
Marc Kramer (U.S. Forest Service)
John Kim (U.S. Forest Service)
V. Sridhar (Boise State University)

Start Date: June 2012

End Date: March 2014

Project Status: In Progress

Tags: Climate change, Hydrology, vegetation, northwest, Predictive modeling, CSC, Northwest CSC, 2012, Science Project

CSC/NCCWSC Affiliation: Northwest CSC

Fiscal Year: FY 2012 Projects


Environmental changes, caused by climate change and landscape transformation, such as habitat degradation and the arrival of competitive invasive species, can strain the delivery of natural resources, push rare plants and animals towards extinction, and pose a direct challenge to resource managers. As scientists work to understand and predict the effects of climate change, foundational pieces of knowledge they require are how climate, vegetation, and the water cycle will change in the future. This project will integrate, for the first time, state-of-the-science predictive models of these environmental attributes of the Northwest U.S. The resulting datasets will be compatible with other hydrological and ecological modeling projects and will ultimately lead to a next-generation climate change framework that allows land managers to identify potentially vulnerable areas, prioritize investment in projects to increase the resilience of forests and grasslands, and incorporate projected changes in fire danger into development of water and forest management plans, state forest assessments, and other strategic land management plans.

Products & Data
  • CMIP5 Statistically Downscaled for Western USA

    Multivariate Adaptive Constructed Analogs (MACA) Statistical Downscaling Method (External URL)
  • Comparing CMIP5 and CMIP3 for the Pacific Northwest

    Two-page Information Sheet (External URL)
  • DRECP Climate Data

    Climate and Vegetation Data (External URL)
  • Evaluation of CMIP5 20th century climate simulations for the Pacific Northwest USA

    Abstract Text Link (External URL)
    Full Text Link (External URL)
    Publication PDF (External URL)
  • Seasonal Climate Variability and Change in the Pacific Northwest of the United States

    Abatzoglou et al., 2014 (External URL)
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