Climate Geography

Our climate research provides novel straightforward, consistent and defensible methods for ecologists and evolutionary biologists to generate estimates of past and future climate change at spatiotemporal resolutions suitable for biodiversity impact studies.

Recently we develop PaleoView, a freeware for generating and viewing paleoclimate data at temporal and spatial resolutions suitable for detecting biotic responses to major climate shifts since the last glacial maximum. We are presently using PaleoView to better establish past climate dynamics and their consequences on species’ range dynamics and extinction processes and macro-ecological patterns of diversity.

Key Papers:

  • Fordham D.A. et al. (2018) Why decadal to century timescale paleoclimate data is needed to explain present-day patterns of biological diversity and change Global Change Biology DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13932

  • Fordham D. A. et al.  (2017), PaleoView: A tool for generating continuous climate projections spanning the last 21,000 years at regional and global scales. Ecography. doi:10.1111/ecog.0303

  • Fordham D.A. et al. (2012) Strengthening forecasts of climate change impacts with multi-model ensemble averaged projections using MAGICC/SCENGEN 5.3. Ecography 35, 4-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0587.2011.07398.x

Climate Modelling Software:

MAGICC SCENGEN

A freeware software application for generating downscaled multi-climate model averaged forecasts that are conditional on the regional and/or global performance of climate models.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Figure | Structure and flow of the MAGICC/SCENGEN software. Elliptical shapes are used to highlight user defined model parameters. See Fordham et al. 2012 10.1111/j.1600-0587.2011.07398.x

PaleoView

 

A freeware software for generating and viewing paleoclimate data at temporal and spatial resolutions suitable for detecting biotic responses to major climate shifts over the last 21,000 years

Figure | Structure and data flow for PaleoView. Blue coloured boxes show data inputs and orange boxes show uses of climate data generated using PaleoView. Climate data accessed through PaleoView come from the TRaCE21ka experiment. TRaCE21ka used the Community Climate System Model Version 3 (CCSM3) to model paleoclimate spanning the period from 22,000 BP to the present (1989AD).