From heatwaves and wildfires, to floods and rainfall-induced landslides, the northern-hemisphere summer of 2021 has seen a brutal series of extreme weather events. While climate change is often discussed at the global scale, its impacts are already observable at regional and local scales. With projections showing that regional climates can change faster than the global average, the lack of preparation by governments around the world brings the need for adaptation planning into sharp focus. Fortunately, there is a deluge of regional climate information available. The first part of the new assessment report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), for example, has four chapters that focus on regional information. However, this volume of information means we need better ways of assessing its quality for informing long-term planning under a changing climate.
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