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  CCSM CAM3 T341 Cloud and Precipitation Simulation
The Community Atmosphere Model (CAM) is the latest in a series of global atmosphere models developed at NCAR for the weather and climate research communities. CAM also serves as the atmospheric component of the Community Climate System Model (CCSM).
  CCM3 Cloud and Precipitation Simulation at T170 Resolution
The NCAR Community Climate Model (CCM3) is a state of the art atmospheric general circulation model designed for climate research on high-speed supercomputers and select upper-end workstations. This cloud and precipitation simulation covers an entire year.
  Climate Change Simulation

Temperature anomalies are simulated for the past and future over a 230 year period in a mid-range scenario.
High-resolution Climate Experiment
  Climate Change: Drought may threaten much of globe within decades
This analysis concludes that warming temperatures associated with climate change will likely create increasingly dry conditions across much of the globe in the next 30 years, possibly reaching a scale in some regions by the end of the century that has rarely, if ever, been observed in modern times.
High-resolution Climate Experiment

CCM2 Precipitable Water at T170 Resolution
NCAR's Community Climate Model (CCM2) is among NCAR's most widely used products, allowing researchers to reconstruct past climates and simulate future ones. Visualizations of high resolution precipitable water data show the complex global circulation patterns in our atmosphere.

  CCM2 Cloud Fraction and Wind Simulation at T170 Resolution
Large scale stable precipitation (PRECL), cloud fraction, and meridional wind components are visualized using a high-resolution (T170) simulation of the CCM2 model.
Forest Fire Simulation
  High-Resolution Daily U.S. Surface Weather
Daily total precipitation and daily maximum temperature are animated over a one-year subset (1997) of the 18-year Daymet U.S. Database of high-resolution gridded daily surface weather parameters.
    High Resolution, Multi-Century, Coupled Climate Simulation
This animation depicts year 109 from a 155 year climate simulation in which a 0.1 degree ocean and sea-ice model is coupled to a 0.5 degree atmosphere and land model.
  Parallel Ocean Program (POP) Simulation
These animations were produced from POP .1 degree ocean simulation data. Colored bands reveal the stratification of ocean surface temperatures extending from the poles to the Earth's equator. Sea surface temperatures can range from below zero Celsius in the darkest blue areas to over thirty degrees Celsius in the red regions.
  WRF-Nested Regional Climate Model Simulation of a Hurricane
This visualization simulates future regional climate changes in North America.

Climate Model Resolution
Resolution is an important concept in may types of modeling, including climate modeling. This visualization compares four different spatial resolutions of a climate model and discusses the importance of model grid size.