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Stephan Sain
IMAGe, Geophysical Statistics Project

March 11, 2009
Mesa Laboratory- Main Seminar Room
Lecture 2:00pm

A Spatial Analysis of Multi-Model Regional Climate Experiments

The North American Regional Climate Change Assessment Program (NARCCAP) seeks to examine the uncertainty in the output of regional climate models and projections of future climate and climate change. At the heart of the program is an ambitious experiment that seeks to use a number of regional climate models (RCMs) with boundary conditions supplied by different atmosphere-ocean general circulation models (GCMs) to produce a wide range of model output over North America. The statistical challenge in this program is to develop statistical methodology to analyze the model output and assess and quantify the sources of uncertainty. To that end, a Bayesian hierarchical framework based upon a multivariate spatial model is used to capture the complex distribution of the spatial fields produced by these regional climate models. Case studies will be presented based on an ensemble of regional climate model output over the western United States as well as an initial analysis of NCEP-driven regional model output associated with NARCCAP.