James Done, project scientist with MMM, had a dilemma. He and his collaborators had developed a Regional Climate Tutorial to be presented during the 13th annual WRF workshop held in June 2012. This mini tutorial covered aspects such as best practices for dynamically downscaling climate model data to high-resolution regional area, model uncertainty, dynamical-statistical approaches to downscaling and applications of regional climate downscaling. They knew their subject matter held great community interest and wanted to efficiently and effectively provide access to their emerging research prior to the tutorial presentation. The “immediate dissemination” of the research was a priority and employing the NCAR Technical Note publication process addressed his concerns and needs. Approximately 100 participants attended the tutorial; with twenty individuals requesting access to the research “on the spot”. Included in the tutorial was the Tech Note link within NCAR’s OpenSky repository to provide immediate access. “Building on the success of this first tutorial, more in depth tutorials will be held at NCAR and at national and international partner institutes in the future”, says Done.
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