Two RACC interns, Jacob Page and Joshua Klavens, spent the summer working with Dr. Gabriela Bucini (VT EPSCoR Post-Doc) and Dr. Patrick Clemins (VT EPSCoR Cyber Specialist) in the UVM Climate Downscaling Laboratory.
The RACC climate team is studying statistical approaches to generate fine-scale climate projections. Starting from coarse-scale climate data output from general circulation models (GCMs), the team is refining spatial information by adding the effects of topography (e.g., the Green Mountains), temperature and precipitation. The goal is to analyze various combinations of GCMs and downscaling methods to assess the ability of downscaling to create improved fine-scale climate information. The downscaled projections are used by other RACC scientists (hydrologists and social scientists) to run their models with appropriate spatial details.