Climate Modelling and Data Use
Session runs Friday, Sept. 29th from 10:45 to 12:15 a.m., Bartley Residence Conference Room
Panelists – Adam Cornwell – Lakehead University (Moderator); Al Douglas – Laurentian University; Edmundo Fausto – Toronto and Region Conservation Area; Graham Saunders – Lakehead University; Tammy Cook – Lakehead Region Conservation Authority.
Climate models are the best tools that we have for understanding and anticipating changes to the climate system. Due to the interconnected nature of this system, models produce the most robust and reliable results when applied at large or global scales. However, this creates a problem for those who need to plan a response to climatic changes. Practitioners have a requirement for data that is useful on small scales. Local features such as land cover can create climates that are very different from the large-scale averages simulated by global circulation models. As well, the most reliable and significant variables in climate models, such as temperature, do not always describe the changes that are of most concern to practitioners, such as hailstorms or flooding.
The purpose of this panel is to address this gap between climate models and the real world: how modellers and practitioners can work together to identify practical scenarios of likely climatic change.