October 2014 Posts

Factsheet Actualizado en octubre de 2014

Proveyendo ciencia y tecnología para planificar y llevar a cabo esfuerzos de conservación; enfocando las necesidades de restauración y sustentabilidad de los recursos naturales en los paisajes terrestres y acuáticos del Caribe.

Factsheet Updated on October – 2014

The CLCC is part of a national network of 22 cooperatives established to apply conservation science to understand and coordinate an effective response to climate change effects on land, water, ocean, fish and wildlife and cultural heritage resources.

Puerto Rico’s First Island-Wide Downscaled Climate Projections Data Now Available!

HayhoeReportCoverFor over ten years conservation and planning practitioners have been calling for higher resolution climate data than what the global climate models can provide for the Caribbean region. The pixels of the global models virtually miss our individual islands resulting in data outputs that are too heavily influenced by ocean dynamics and less by local key climate drivers like topography at the island and sub-island levels.

In response to this need, our partners at the US Geological Survey and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service supported the development of high-resolution climate projections for Puerto Rico and laid the foundation of data and analyses required to assess the potential effects of climate change in temperature and precipitation for all Caribbean islands.
As a result of this work, new datasets are now available for download at the CLCC Data Center!
  • Projections of daily maximum and minimum temperature and twenty-four hour cumulative precipitation for over 200 long-term weather stations throughout the region for the period 1960-2099 based on Global Climate Models (GCMs) from the Third Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP3) used for the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (AR4 IPCC).
  • Projection datasets are available for three greenhouse gas emission scenarios: high (A2), medium (A1B), and low (B1). The global model output for precipitation and temperature were downscaled to local station locations by Hayhoe (2013): 71 stations for precipitation, 29 stations for maximum temperatures (Tmax) and 27 stations for minimum temperatures (Tmin).
More information on this completed research project can be found at the CLCC Data Center, including the project final report by Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, “Quantifying Key Drives of Climate Variability and Change for Puerto Rico and the Caribbean” as well as a quick-guide to potential research uses of the new datasets.
In addition to generating new science products that can be used by the Caribbean management and science communities, we work to facilitate communications and knowledge exchange with a focus on identifying management-driven science needs and priorities. If you are a manager, science provider or student and want to discuss ways to utilize this data to provide much-needed climate science for the Caribbean conservation community please contact CLCC Science Coordinator Brent Murry.

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