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Yanhong Gao, Julie A. Vano, Chunmei Zhu and Dennis P. Lettenmaier Evaluating climate change over the Colorado River basin using regional climate models Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres (1984–2012) 116

Version of Record online: 7 JUL 2011 | DOI: 10.1029/2010JD015278

Key Points

  • RCMs produce cooler temperatures, which contribute to higher snow lines than GCM
  • RCMs project less warming in the spring and thus generate smaller decrease in R
  • Headwater streams are less susceptible to a warming climate in RCM than GCM

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