Preparing Hydro-climate Inputs for Climate Change in Water Resource Planning

Preparing Hydro-climate Inputs for Climate Change in Water Resource Planning

This module describes the process of selecting the best available climate projection information and using it to develop “climate-adjusted weather” inputs to be used for modeling climate change impacts. These modeled impacts can be used for planning of future water resources. Specific steps of this process include: 1) Recognizing the general science and terms associated with Atmosphere-ocean General Circulation Models (AOGCMs); 2) Making AOGCMs more regionally applicable through bias correction and downscaling; 3) Determining climate change scenarios based on climate projections and selecting specific projections to inform each scenario; and 4) Developing climate-adjusted weather inputs associated with each climate change scenario.

See An Introduction to the Downscaled Climate and Hydrology Projections Website for two related videos on how to access downscaled climate and hydrology projections.