UNDP Projects Climate For 52 Developing Countries

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The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Oxford University School of Geography and Environment just released Climate Change Country Profiles. The website includes a database with information on climate observations and multi-model projections for 52 developing countries. Information on each country includes a set of maps and diagrams which display the currently observed climate in the country and the projected climate for the country. A compilation report accompanies each country, along with maps and charts displaying observed and modeled data. In addition there are tables and summaries explaining what the graphs display, as well as maps on the 2.5˚ scale. Models are based on the most recent SRES data and based on A2, A1B and B1 scenarios, which are based on different projections of global growth, development and industrialization. The projection graphs are based on the years 2030, 2060 and 2090. Mean temperature, mean monthly precipitation, frequency of hot/cold days/nights, and indices of extreme precipitation are all estimated for each country based on observed and modeled data.

The 52 countries included in the study are:

"Afghanistan, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Comoros, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guinea, Guyana, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Tanzania, The Bahamas, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, and Zambia."

Developing countries typically don't have the resources to support these large projects, so putting the information in several easily understood tables can greatly aid researchers and government officials in developing countries to not only understand future climate projects but also deveop adequate adaptation programs. The project also helps bridge the "climate change information gap" and aid researchers in developing countries because the files are smaller and more easily downloadable, and also in text format which can be easier to work with.: UNDP Country Climate Change Profiles
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