GIS Tutorial for Atmospheric Sciences - Section 2.3 Working with Climate Model Simulations

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This is a freely available Geographic Information Systems (GIS) course geared towards GIS and weather and climate  students and practitioners. This course is intended to teach intermediate Geographic Information Systems (GIS) concepts, methods and terminology using weather and climate case studies.  

Section 2 - Intermediate GIS Functionality

Exercise 3 - Working with Climate Model Simulations

Technical skills you will learn:

  • Work with netCDF multidimensional data in GIS.
  • Graph temporal trends.

Required Software

ArcGIS 10.0 or higher

ArcGIS Pro


Jennifer Boehnert - National Center for Atmospheric Research

Greg Dobson - UNC Asheville's National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center

Paige Hoel - National Center for Atmospheric Research

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Weather, Climate, and Health: Investigating Extreme Heat

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In this exercise you will work with the Community Climate System Model (CCSM) model output for future global temperature. You will map three RCPs: A high emissions scenario – RCP 8.5; a middle of the road emissions scenario – RCP 6.0; and a low emissions scenario – RCP 4.5.

Technical skills you will learn:

  • Working with multidimensional data.
  • Learning about symbology.
  • Working with raster datasets.
  • Creating a final map product.

This exercise was developed for the Weather, Climate, and Health Workshop  that took place the summer of  2013.

Exercise, Maps, and data (2.81 GB)

Note: this exercise was developed using Esri ArcGIS 10.3.  Some steps may a bit different in later versions of the software.

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