Researchers Develop a New Way to Study Local Climate Change

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks are making climate change data more accessible to local decision makers.
Most global climate models are so large that the information at a local level is not as detailed. This new regional model allows scientists to connect the dots between observations and model data, to understand why climate and animal changes might be occurring. The Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center worked on down-scaling this data.
Uma Bhatt, a professor of atmospheric science at UAF, says this model allows researchers from other departments to use data they didn't have before, like the researcher who studies historical caribou die-offs.

"He was able to actually look in this model data, model/observational dataset to see that the model actually captured those big rain-on-snow events when there were big caribou die-offs, so that was actually exciting for us to see a real ecological impact of what we see in the model," said Bhatt.

Bhatt and her team are hoping to use this new tool to study weather patterns in Alaska, and how they have changed over the years.