Climate Change Adaptation Modeler in TerrSet

The Climate Change Adaptation Modeler (CCAM) addresses the growing challenge of adapting to a rapidly changing climate. Fully integrated within the TerrSet system, the Climate Change Adaptation Modeler is a suite of tools for modeling future climate and assessing its impacts on sea level rise, crop suitability and species distributions. It includes tools for climate scenario generation using the National Center for Atmospheric Research’s MAGICC and SCENGEN models, crop suitability modeling using the Food and Agriculture’s EcoCrop database, modeling sea level rise impact, downscaling data, and the generation of bioclimatic variables.

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Climate Change Adaptation Modeler in TerrSet

The Climate Change Adaptation Modeler includes an interface to the National Center for Atmospheric Research’s MAGICC and SCENGEN models for generating climate scenarios (based on CMIP3/AR4). In this illustration, the MAGICC suite of coupled gas-cycle, climate and ice-melt models was used to determine changes in greenhouse-gas concentrations and global-mean surface air temperature (the graph) using the A1B-AIM scenario. SCENGEN was then used to generate an ensemble forecast for January 2100 based on 20 atmosphere/ocean general circulation models.

Key Features of the Climate Change Adaptation Modeler

  • Model and map global warming and sea level rise
  • Generate global temperature and precipitation climate scenarios
  • Model global crop suitability scenarios for over 2700 species
  • Derive bioclimatic variables for species modeling
  • Import NetCDF time series data
  • Transform global climate model data from Gaussian grids to Latlong
  • Downscale global climate model data