Through its stewardship responsibilities and expertise, the Montana Climate Office will continue to improve its capacity to monitor, understand, and predict the impacts of climate. The application of climate informatin demands that we actively engage representatives of the agriculture, health, energy, and natural resource communities to improve our collective ability to make scientifically informed decisions. The Montana Climate Office will actively partner with representatives from multiple sectors to strengthen our scientific understanding of climate. While significant progress has been made in understanding climate variability, more work is needed to identify causes and effects, produce accurate assessments, identify risks and vulnerabilities, and inform decision making. No single organization can accomplish these tasks alone.
Montana Climate Assessment
The Montana Climate Office is participating with the Montana Institute on Ecosystems to compile the first phase of a Montana Climate Assessment to describe past and future climate trends that affect different sectors of the State's economy. The Montana Climate Assessment (MCA) project involves university researchers, decision makers, and other stakeholders with the goal of providing timely and relevant information for the citizens of the State. The first assessment, available in 2017, will focus on climate issues that affect agriculture, forests, and water resources in Montana.
For a look at historic climate for Montana or climate regions within Montana visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration (NOAA) National Climate Data Center's (NCDC) Climate at a Glance website, or NOAA's National Center for Environmental Information (NCEI)
For a look at the latest global climate model projections for locations within Montana visit the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).
See the USGS National Climate Change Viewer for an additional view of climate projections.
The University of Idaho has created Multivariate Adaptive Constructed Analogs (MACA) website for obtaining climate projections for the western United States.