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Item #d88dec21

"The Rising Level of the Great Salt Lake: Impacts and Adjustments," P.M. Morrisette (NCAR, Boulder CO 80307), Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 69(9), 1034-1040, Sep. 1988.

Discusses the water level of the Great Salt Lake, its impacts and adjustments, and an assessment of the long-term adjustment options. Illustrates the difficulty that resource management institutions have in adjusting to climatic functions. Policy makers rely on crisis management rather than long-term policies.

Item #d88dec22

"Global Climate Changes as Forecast by Goddard Institute for Space Studies Three-Dimensional Model," ), I. Fung et al., J. Geophys. Res., 93(D8), 9341-9364, Aug. 20, 1988.

Studies the response of a 3D global model to realistic rates of change of radiative forcing mechanisms from greenhouse gases. An important part of climate change is the response of the oceans, for which adequate dynamical models are not available. Principal results from experiments and three model scenarios are 1) the greenhouse warming should be clearly identifiable in the 1990s, 2) the temperature changes are sufficiently large to have major impacts on people and other parts of the biosphere, and 3) the model results suggest some near-term regional climate variations, despite the fixed ocean heat transport which suppresses many possible regional climate fluctuations. Principal uncertainties in the predictions involve the equilibrium sensitivity of the model to climate forcing such as assumptions regarding heat uptake and transport by the ocean.

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