This past fall we welcomed three new grad students to the lab. Lauren Parker will be working on a PhD in Geography as part of the REACCH project and has interested in hydrology and land management. Paige Farrell is working on a MS in Geography also part of the REACCH project and will likely study the impacts of precipitation regimes on erosional processes. Brandon Moore is finishing up his PhD in Geography and is funded through the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to study the viability of algal ponds as an alternative energy source in a changing climate. A few highlights from the past few months:
- Katherine Hegewisch presented Pacific Northwest Climate Water Association Annual Meeting in Bend, Oregon in September and attended a workshop in Boulder Colorado to better quantatively evalute downscaling methods.
- Renaud Barbero presented a talk titled The recipe for megafires in the Eastern US: the role of the temporal scales at the tenth symposium on Fire and Forest Meteorlogy in Bowling Green, KY. You can watch his talk in its entirety here.
- Katherine and John along with Phil Mote coauthored a paper led by David Rupp from Oregon State that evaluated the ability of over 40 models participating in CMIP5 to simulate salient climate features of the Pacific Northwest. The article Evaluation of CMIP5 20th century climate simulations for the Pacific Northwest USA was published in JGR-Atmospheres.
- John along with Zack Holden (USFS) coauthored a paper led by Charlie Luce (USFS) The Missing Mountain Water: Slower Westerlies Decrease Orographic Enhancement in the Pacific Northwest USA that appeared in Science in December.
We upgraded our laboratory this past spring to a room with a few windows. A few highlights from the past six months:
Fall was a busy semester for all members of the ACSL. We welcomed two new members to the lab. 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.