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Press Release 11-232

Earth System Models at Decadal and Regional Scales Critical to Understanding Climate Change Effects

New NSF grants seek to improve predictions of climate change and how it will affect Earth's future

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Image showing a simulation of one month of 20th century climate.

Simulation of a month of 20th century climate, using the Community Climate System Model.

Credit: UCAR


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Observations, top, and simulations, bottom, of teleconnection patterns in upper level winds.

Teleconnection patterns in upper level winds: observations (top) and simulations (bottom).

Credit: Florian Sabou and John B. Marston, Brown University; Tapio Schneider, Caltech


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Photo of rows of plants in an agricultural field.

Is agriculture possible in some places if climate gets drier? EaSM scientists are finding out.

Credit: Guillermo Podesta, University of Miami


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Photo of a forest.

NSF EaSM scientists are including forests, down to individual trees, in new climate models.

Credit: R. Quinn Thomas, Cornell University


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Photo of the Pine Island Glacier of Antarctica.

The Pine Island Glacier of Antarctica is rapidly melting; how fast is the process occurring?

Credit: David Bromwich, Ohio State University, with graphics from treehugger.com


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Photo of Hyo Jin Kim carrying sampling gear to an Eel River, California, watershed site.

EaSM researcher Hyo Jin Kim carries sampling gear to an Eel River, California, watershed site.

Credit: Thomas Powell, UC-Berkeley


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