We upgraded our laboratory this past spring to a room with a few windows. A few highlights from the past six months:
Abby Lute earned 2nd place for the best student presentation at the Western Snow Conference in Jackson, WY as she presented her work on climate contribution of extreme snowfall events. Abby also defended her Masters proposal in April.
The West-wide Drought Tracker is operational, thanks to help from Donovan VanSant and Andrew Joros, check it out at http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/wwdt/
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.
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.
I developed a methodology to create high-resolution surface
meteorological conditions that include temperature,
precipitation, humidity, winds and downward shortwave radiation
at 4-km for the continental United States 1979-2010 by blending
NLDAS-2 high-temporal resolution data with the high-spatial
resolution climate dataset of PRISM.
Dr. Solomon Dobrowski and Shawn Crimmins led a study that I
contributed to that examined the hypothesis that vegetation
distributions in California moved downhill between the 1930s and
2000s in northern/central California in response to an increase
in precipitation and moisture. See publication and press
Impacts of Climate Change on Fire Danger in the
West We use a new statistical downscaling method (MACA) to project changes in NFDRS fire
danger indices across a suite of GCMs for the late 21st century. Results suggest an increased
frequency of extreme fire danger class days and an increased likelihood of synchronized extremes
Climate Tracking Tool for Idaho and eastern Washington. A collection of Cooperative Weather Stations from
across Idaho and the east-side of Washington State provides monthly time series data for temperature (maximum and minimums) and precipitation. These products are
updated each month. Future comprehensive climate summaries will be developed to synthesize climate variability and change.
Driest Spring in 114 years: The California Climate Tracker, a
climate monitoring tool developed to characterize and track regional
climate variability for the state, has shown that the spring (MAM) of
2008 was the driest in history for the state of California as a
whole. Particularly noteworthy is the dryness experienced across
the central part of the state including the Central Coast, Bay Area,
Sacramento-Delta and the hydrologically important Sierra Nevada, all
which ranked as having the driest spring periods on record. Two
consecutive years of subpar preciptiation for the state constitues the
driest period since the drought of the late 80's -early 90s, with
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger proclaiming drought for the state with
water restrictions for all. Explore the California