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.