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New study highlights wide-ranging impacts of climate change

Major collaboration with Korea produces comprehensive dataset of climate simulations

Dec 9, 2021 - by Staff

A major new study with co-authors from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) shows that the impact of climate change is apparent in nearly all aspects of climate variability, ranging from temperature and precipitation extremes over land to increased number of fires in California. Each of these changes has important implications for sustainable resource management, with the potential for major impacts on society as well as on vulnerable ecosystems.

The study, published in Earth System Dynamics, represents the results of a broad collaboration between the IBS Center for Climate Physics (ICCP) at Pusan National University in South Korea and the Community Earth System Model project at NCAR. The research team conducted a set of 100 global Earth system model simulations for the period from 1850 to 2100, running them on the supercomputer Aleph at ICCP, one of Korea’s fastest supercomputers.

“An important step moving forward will be to identify more fully potential societal impacts and to communicate their implications for adaptation strategies,” said Gokhan Danabasoglu, a co-author of the study and a co-lead of the overall project.

He noted that the study has already motivated a number of more specialized scientific investigations using the tremendous volume of output from the simulations, spanning topics from marine ecosystem impacts to hydrological changes that impact water supply.

For more, see the ICCP news release.


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