Friday, November 19, 2010

Extreme weather forecasts:

I just joined and downloaded the experiment sharing tool. There are links within this report, click on pic also to visit site without reading article, and once at explanations as well as a video of same.

Web users unite to power climate change project

Home PC users invited to carry out pioneering research by tracking links between global warming and extreme weather

For the first time, home PC users will be able to analyse the effect of climate change on local weather patterns. Photograph: Atmospheric, Oceanic & Planetary Physics/University of Oxford

17 November 2010 - From today, anyone with a computer and internet access can be part of a huge, pioneering climate change experiment, probing the controversial question of whether extreme weather events will become more or less common as the world warms.

By running advanced climate models while their PCs are idle, participants will estimate how often heatwaves, floods and hurricanes will strike in the next few decades. The initiative will also indicate how much of the blame for these events can be attributed to greenhouse gas emissions caused by humans.

The project breaks new ground for the world's biggest climate forecasting experiment,, which has run nearly 92m years of climate modelling since September 2003, and delivered world-leading research published in journals such as Nature and used in the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's landmark 2007 report.

The key to the new project is its use for the first time of regional climate models, which can create realistic weather predictions, showing temperature, winds, rain and snow. {read rest}

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