Researchers in Los Angeles try out a more granular approach to temperature change estimates.
Most climate maps break down the world into grid squares 200 kilometers wide. That's great for creating a regional picture, but too big for what's happening at the city & neighborhood levels. New work coming out of the UCLA Dept of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences greatly improves that resolution, predicting temperature changes in grid sections just two km wide in the Los Angeles region.
The new report, 'Mid-Century Warming in the Los Angeles Region' finds that climate change will likely affect some parts of Los Angeles more heavily than others, with potential temperature increases of between 1.7 and 7.5 degrees F. Inland areas and places at high elevation are predicted to see temperatures rise 20 to 50 percent more than areas near the coast or within the L.A. basin.
This more method of evaluation is an important tool for planners and policymakers, who would like to have more precise information about how to respond to changing temperature levels within cities, and ideally, to pinpoint efforts aimed at reducing those potential impacts...