The COMET Program, part of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research's Community Programs, has recently released three brief modules that describe impacts of climate change. Each narrated presentation takes about 20 minutes. They should be of particular interest to broadcast meteorologists, although operational forecasters and the general public interested in climate change will also find them useful. The modules are free, but require a simple registration. They include:
- Climate Change and Regional Impacts: An overview of the different effects climate change has produced in different regions of the United States. In addition, the module presents information on how climate scientists use specialized models and statistical techniques to estimate how regional climates are likely to change in the future and what those projections currently are.
- Climate Change and Extreme Weather: Discusses how a changing climate can also lead to changes in local extreme weather events. The role of natural variability is also explained, and the module discusses what changes scientists think are likely if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise.
- Climate Change and Sea Level Rise: Looks at how increasing temperatures due to climate change have affected sea level rise and what effects scientists expect in the future, given rising greenhouse gas emissions. The various mechanisms of sea level rise are discussed, as well as the tools and research used to study this topic. The module also discusses how countries and communities are preparing for future increases.
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