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Geoscience Policy Monthly Review: December 2013

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  • USGS develops county-scale temperature and precipitation maps

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recently released a new website featuring maps and summaries of historical and projected temperatures and rainfall for counties inside the contiguous United States. The effort is a collaborative project with the College of Earth, Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. The maps and summaries are based 33 climate models used in the 5th Climate Model Intercomparison Project and the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report. The website provides useful tools to characterize climate change through climographs, histograms, and tables that summarize changes in temperature and precipitation from a series spanning from 1950-2099.

Source: USGS









Monthly Review prepared by: Maeve Boland, Geoscience Policy Director; Abby Seadler, Geoscience Policy Associate; and Sophia Ford, AGI/AAPG Fall Intern.



Compiled December 11, 2013