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Climate models: What they show us and how they can be used in planning

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This guide from the Future Climate For Africa programme is a primer on global climate models (GCMs) and how to use them in planning. It covers:

  • what GCMs are
  • how GCMs work
  • how we know if GCMs are reliable
  • what GCMs can tell us about future climate
  • how we can use GCMs for planning
Global average surface temperature change, credit IPCC 2014
Global average surface temperature change (source: IPCC, 2014)