Heat waves in Chicago, Paris, and elsewhere in North America and Europe will become more intense, more frequent and longer lasting in the 21st century, according to a new modeling study by two scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colo. In the United States, heat waves will become most severe in the West and South. The findings appear in the August 13 issue of the journal Science.
Gerald Meehl and Claudia Tebaldi, both of NCAR, examined Earths future climate using the Parallel Climate Model, developed by NCAR and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). NCARs primary sponsor, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and DOE funded the study.
"This study provides significant insight into the complex response of global climate to possible future worldwide economic and regulatory policies," said Cliff Jacobs, program director in NSFs division of atmospheric sciences, which funded the research. "The societal implications of this study need to be further explored."
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