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Climate Change: Comparison Between Present and Future Precipitable Water

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Published on May 12, 2015

This simulation shows a comparison between present day (1990) and future (2090) precipitable water in the Earth's atmosphere using an RCP8.5 emissions scenario.

The data for this visualization was generated by the Community Earth System Model (CESM) with a high resolution atmospheric model (0.25 degree) and specified ocean temperatures and sea ice. The CESM is a fully-coupled, global climate model that provides state-of-the-art computer simulations of the Earth's past, present, and future climate states. CESM is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

This simulation was made possible because of the large number of individuals both from within NCAR and the many outside collaborators who have contributed to the CESM development and runs.

An award of computer time was provided by the Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program. This research used resources of the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility at Argonne National Laboratory, which is supported by the office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy under contract DE-AC02-06CH11357.

This research was supported by the Regional and Global Climate Modeling Program (RGCM) of the U.S. Department of Energy's, Office of Science (BER), Cooperative Agreement DE-FC02-97ER62402.




Visualization and Postproduction:
Tim Scheitlin and Matt Rehme (NCAR/CISL)

Visualization Software: The NCAR Command Language (Version 6.1.1)
[Software]. (2013). Boulder, Colorado: UCAR/NCAR/CISL/VETS.
http://dx.doi.org/10.5065/D6WD3XH5

Earth imagery is courtesy of the NASA Visible Earth Project.

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