Fall was a busy semester for all members of the ACSL. We welcomes two new bright scientists to the lab and all attended at least one conference during the semester. A brief recap of the accolades are provided below:
- Alexander Peterson was awarded a scholarship to attend and present at the Phenology 2012 conference in Milwaukee. He also was the only undergraduate to present his work on "Observed Changes in False Starts to Spring" at the 3rd Annual Pacific Northwest Climate Science Conference.
- Dr. Renaud Barbero joined the ACSL to work on climate-wildfire research. Renaud presented a poster at the Fifth International
Fire Ecology and Management Congress.
- Abby Lute started her MS in Water Resources. Abby is researching the role that extreme snowfall events play in climate variability and change over the mountains of the western US.
- Dr. Katherine Hegewisch has completed downscaling of 14 CMIP5 models x 2 scenarios for the entire western United States. A nice webpage that she developed that is our data portal can be found at http://nimbus.cos.uidaho.edu/MACA/
Congratulations to Jacob Wolf who successfully defended his MS Thesis "Evaluation of Drought Metrics in Tracking Streamflow in Idaho". He recorded his presentation on youtube
that can be viewed here. Jacob was funded through the Pacific Northwest Climate Science Center and in addition to his thesis, he can also computed drought indices
for future climate runs.
James Favors and I had a paper from Jamie's MS work with me accepted for publication in Monthly Weather Review titled "Regional surges of monsoonal moisture into the southwestern
United States". Great work Jamie! Jamie is now with NASA Langley and part of the DEVELOP National Program.
I was awarded the University of Idaho College of Science Early Career Faculty Award.
I organized both a session "Advances in climate impacts modeling in complex terrain" at the 4th Annual NSF EPSCoR Western Consortium Tri-State Meeting, as well as an NSF
funded workshop "The role of downscaling methods on climate impact modeling in the interior West". Talented folks from the western United States greatly contributed to this workshop and the vision of
an Inter-Downscaling Comparison Project.