CKICs are envisioned to provide the infrastructure for climate change data acquisition, integration and management, develop climate change projections and impact assessments with uncertainty quantification tailored to user needs. They will also deliver decision support interfaces to assist planners and decision makers in their considerations of climate adaptation and mitigation. The impact parameters consider items of interest to customers such as heating degree days (HDD) and cooling degree days (CDD) for energy use planning, precipitation for agriculture and hydrology applications, and projections for various extreme climatological events.
Because climate change, impacts and user needs vary geographically, the CKIC concept envisions a network of regional Centers. Regional Centers would share much common infrastructure, but would be optimized for responsiveness to region-specific needs. This paper will discuss the concept and vision for CKICs