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This is the online version of the readme file contained within each region's climate change shapefiles zip archive.

IPCC 4th Assessment Scenario A2 Shapefiles. The data points are spaced approximately 4.5 km (2.8 miles) apart.

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  1. Frequently asked questions about the IPCC 4th Assessment can be found in "frequently-asked-questions.txt." This file is also available online.

  2. Data disclaimer and citation information. This file is also available online.

  3. Information about some of the various climate change scenarios, This file is also available online.

  4. Ten point shapefiles, one each for the years 2010, 2020, 2030, 2040, 2050, 2060, 2070, 2080, 2090 and 2099, for the region you have selected. Each point includes data for each of the 12 months of the year. Temperature data is in K (Kelvin).

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