Project abstract for group snyderpk

Understanding Climate Change: A Data Driven Approach

Climate change is the defining environmental challenge facing our planet, yet there is considerable uncertainty about environmental impact due to the limited capabilities of existing physics-based models of the earth system. Important questions relating to food security, water resources, biodiversity, and other socio-economic issues remain unresolved. A new and transformative approach is required to understand the potential change. The focus of this work is an examination of how climate change will affect the frequency and severity of droughts in the central United States and their impact on agriculture and food security. In order to determine the impact of extreme events, these researchers use the Community Earth System Model and the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model  explore dynamical drivers of droughtThe CESM model is idea for exploring the global response to climate change while the WRF model is ideal for examining future changes in extreme precipitation over a limited area at extremely high spatial and temporal resolution The WRF model is highly tuned to operate in the United States where drought and extremes in precipitation are a common occurrence

A bibliography of this group’s publications is attached. A Research Spotlight about this group's work appeared on the MSI website in June 2014.

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