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How does a non-expert actually use climate models? Climate models aim to provide useful projections of future climate for practitioners who need to make policy, planning and management decisions. The challenges of communication and use of model projections in planning and management is not trivial. This chapter explores the use of model information, both conceptually and with case studies. The goal is to examine the processes involved in the use of model information to help the reader overcome barriers to use of climate model output. Conceptually models are useful because they compare well to observations (credibility), are produced by a known or reputable process (legitimacy) and produce relevant outputs for a particular problem (salience). Dealing with uncertainty in ways that policy makers can understand is critical. A key component of communication is a need for interpreters who can evaluate model output for particular disciplines and frame uncertainty.
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