Canadian Forest Service Publications

Spatial climate models for Canada’s forestry community. 2013. McKenney, D.; Pedlar, J.; Hutchinson, M.; Papadopol, P.; Lawrence, K.; Campbell, K.; Milewska, E.; Hopkinson, R.F.; Price, D. The Forestry Chronicle 89:659-663.

Year: 2013

Available from: Great Lakes Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 35193

Language: English

CFS Availability: PDF (request by e-mail)

Abstract

We summarize ongoing efforts at the Canadian Forest Service to produce spatial climate models for Canada and the United States. Our models, which encompass a wide range of variables and spatiotemporal extents, typically employ thin plate smoothing splines to interpolate and extrapolate climate station values as a function of latitude, longitude and elevation. The resulting surfaces can be resolved as grids (i.e., maps) or as point estimates at locations of interest. Recent efforts, detailed here include: updated models for the most recent 30-year normal period (i.e., 1981–2010), moisture balance models, future climate projections using the latest round of general circulation model (GCM) outputs and emissions scenarios, lake ice freeze/thaw models, and growing season models. These models are available to the Canadian forest community and beyond via the internet (http://cfs.nrcan.gc.ca/projects/3) or by contacting the senior author.

Plain Language Summary

We summarize ongoing efforts at the Canadian Forest Service to produce spatial climate models for Canada and the United States. Our models, which encompass a wide range of variables and spatiotemporal extents, typically employ thin plate smoothing splines to interpolate and extrapolate climate station values as a function of latitude, longitude and elevation. The resulting surfaces can be resolved as grids (i.e., maps) or as point estimates at locations of interest. Recent efforts, detailed here include: updated models for the most recent 30-year normal period (i.e., 1981-2010), moisture balance models, future climate projections using the latest round of general circulation model (GCM) outputs and emissions scenarios, lake ice freeze/thaw models, and growing season models. These models are available to the Canadian forest community and beyond via the internet (http://cfs.nrcan.gc.ca/projects/3) or by contacting the senior author.

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