Climate Sciences 

Modeling Climate Change and Climate Change Solutions

Michael Wehner (left) and Bill Collins (right) reviewing the NCAR's Community Atmosphere Model to see how well the model can reproduce observed tropical cyclone statistics using supercomputers to map climate change.

Scientists in the Climate Sciences Department are experts in developing predictive models that reveal the complex processes shaping and controlling the planet. Their scientific modeling expertise includes the ability to perform multiscale simulations of abrupt and extreme climate change through development, deployment, and diagnosis of new model frameworks. The Department is actively developing the first global climate models based on proven adaptive mesh techniques to study localized climate phenomena, including land ice-sheet evolution and hurricane formation. Departmental staff members also have the expertise to analyze simulations of climate and resource supply and demand to identify promising pathways for climate-change mitigation.