If you haven’t had a chance to check out TACCIMO yet, it’s definitely worth a look. I used it this week to prepare a presentation to NPS staff at Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve (a unit in the National Park Service). In no time at all I went to the web page and prepared a quick report that told me about temperature and precipitation projections for three different input emission scenarios (low, medium, and high) and three different climate models. It also gave me the information on three different scales (national, state, and county), so I was able to provide information to the park about what would be happening locally, which is incredibly important for a land management organization. Having the low medium and high emission scenarios also helped in our discussion of the uncertainty associated with modeling climate change and how sensitive the various models are to differences in emissions. It also re-emphasized to us the importance of our green parks initiative and role in providing inspiration and education to our visitors.
Another way I’ve been using TACCIMO is to generate a temperature and precipitation change report to develop data to use in the problem statement or description section of the NPS Project Management Information System funding request form. We at the NPS have a national competitive funding opportunity and one of the categories under which you can submit a proposal is climate change. As I help parks with these, It’s been very handy to frame the problem with some well documented description of the range of possible climate outcomes for a particular county within which a park is located.
Two other great resources I tapped into for my presentation at Timucuan were the BASIC program’s SLAMM modeling outputs A1FI scenario and the USGS Center for Integrated Data Analytics Derived Downscaled Climate Projection Portal. The reaction to predictions of possibly more than 8 weeks of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures sparked some interesting discussion around potential changes in visitation patterns and emerging issues in visitor and ranger safety. Below are links to these tools and some photos from Timucuan. The NPS is working on incorporating climate change into each park’s foundation documents. To do that, the parks need data and tools like these make it much easier to access. Let me know if you know of more tools or have more ideas on others who could use basic climate data for planning purposes or other needs.
TACCIMO : http://www.taccimo.sgcp.ncsu.edu/
NCSU BASIC SLAMM page: http://www.basic.ncsu.edu/dsl/slr.html
USGS Downscaled Climate Projection Portal: http://cida.usgs.gov/qa/climate/derivative/