Drastic weather changes possible for Alberta, finds study
Researchers adapted 24 climate models to predict what could happen over next 100 years
Researchers from the University of Alberta are predicting drastic weather changes in the province over the next 100 years.
Using 24 adapted climate models, the team says they were able to get a better idea of what climate change could have in store for Alberta.
They say people should expect a drier landscape, an earlier spring and less water, especially in July and August — but the changes don't mean a disaster scenario.
"It's no longer a question of, 'Is climate change real or not?'" said Richard Schneider, lead researcher on the project. "It's a question of, 'Yeah, it has been happening, it's going to continue to happen and what are we going to do about it?'"
According to the research, Alberta's average temperature will rise between two to four degrees.
While that might not sound like a lot, Schneider says even a two-degree change can mean a difference between having a forest or grasslands.