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    Climate change and drought in Minnesota and the Midwest
    (2023) Clark, Suzanna; Roop, Heidi A; Meyer, Nathan; Mosel, Jamie
    This document is intended to provide a brief overview of observed and projected changes to precipitation in Minnesota. Minnesota has become wetter on average over the past 120 years, and that trend is expected to continue, but climate change will likely make precipitation in Minnesota more unstable and intense. Between heavy rain events, Minnesota will likely have longer dry periods and more flash droughts. Transitions between very wet and very dry periods are also likely to accelerate. Use this summary to learn more about the details of the projections and the potential impacts these changes could have on Minnesotans.
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    Climate modeling: An introductory primer for practitioners
    (2023) Clark, Suzanna; Roop, Heidi A; Meyer, Nathan; Liess, Stefan; Mosel, Jamie; Hoppe, Brenda; Farris, Amanda
    This document is intended to provide an introductory overview to climate models and their function. It explains the basics of how a climate model works, how data can be transformed from a global to a regional scale, and the constraints placed on modeling as a result of computational power. It also explains the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP) and modeling scenarios established by CMIP. It is not an exhaustive overview, nor is it intended to replace a formal modeling course for those wishing to run climate models. The intended audience includes those who would like to understand or are interested in using model output.