Climate Change and Climate Variability
of the Northern Great Plains

Visit the Climate links page for a comprehensive listing of sites pertaining to climate throughout the Region. Also take a look at the Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium's Climate Change page.


Indications that this year's Southern Oscillation or El Nino is one of the most powerful on record has sparked intense interest in climate change and variability. Current scientific thought has presented many interesting scenarios related to El Nino especially how it might affect the coastal areas of the United States. Global Circulation models are being used in the development of these scenarios on a world wide scale and more recently at the regional level. Many questions remain and much research will be required to accurately portray the effects of global climate change and variability at the regional level. The Regional Weather Information Center is devoting substantial resources to the understanding of climate change and varibility as it relates to the nothern plains region.

Climate change and variability has the potential to affect all aspects of the human environment as well as the natural environment. What is the degree to which the human environment will be changed? What will be the response by the human elements to these possible changes? What will the effect of the human response be on the natural environment, will these responses prompt greater reliance on our limited natural resources? The very scope of climate change and variability is breath taking, the possibilities are endless.

Recognizing the scope of climate change and variability, the Regional Weather Information Center is dedicated to investigating the affects of climate change and variability on the Northern Great Plains. While it is not possible for a single entity to provide all of the answers, the Regional Weather Information Center will strive to provide information relating to agricultural, socio-economic, and meteorological impacts on the natural and human environment. 

University of North Dakota / School of Aerospace Sciences / Atmospheric Science Department

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