Archived Highlights

JAN 2
2014

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.
JUL 7
2013

We upgraded our laboratory this past spring to a room with a few windows. A few highlights from the past six months:

JAN 5
2013

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/

JUL 28
2012

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.

JUL 15
2012

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.

MAY 15
2012

I was awarded the University of Idaho College of Science Early Career Faculty Award.

APR 5
2012

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.

FEB 23
2012

A strong cold front blew through eastern Washington in late February and KLEW (CBS-Lewiston) asked me a few questions regarding the wind storm

DEC 23
2011

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.

Additional information here

Abatzoglou, J. T. (2011), Development of gridded surface meteorological data for ecological applications and modelling. International Journal of Climatology. doi: 10.1002/joc.3413

SEP 28
2011

Multiple direct and indirect threats to invasive annual grasses expansion in western US rangelands amplified in a changing climate?

Abatzoglou JT, Kolden CA, 2011. Climate Change in Western US Deserts: Potential for Increased Wildfire and Invasive Annual Grasses. Rangeland Ecology & Management: September 2011, Vol. 64, No. 5, pp. 471-478.

JUN 28
2011

New paper examining whether climate or weather had a bigger influence on area burned by wildfires in the Alaskan boreal forest published in International Journal of Wildland Fire.

Abatzoglou JT, Kolden CA, 2011. Relative Importance of Weather and Climate on Wildfire Growth in Interior Alaska. International Journal of Wildland Fire 20(4) 479-486.

MAY 9
2011

A persistent trough parked over the western US from mid February brought record precipitation to many locales across the northwestern US and a 3-4 delay in spring. KLEW (CBS): Where's Spring?

FEB 28
2011

Output from the novel statistical downscaling method, the Multivariate Adaptive Constructed Analogs (MACA) method, is being distributed via Inside Idaho. A companion paper has been accepted to International Journal of Climatology, "A Comparison of Downscaling methods suited for wildfire applications". A short video briefing is forthcomming on the methodology within the spectrum of other statistical downscaling methodologies is provided here.

JAN 21
2011

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 coverage.


JAN 1
2011

Indicators of Climate Change in Idaho. Students in a course taught at the University of Idaho in Fall 2010 put together a summary of climate change indicators for the state of Idaho.


NOV 21
2010

Get Adobe Flash player State of the Climate: The 2009-10 year in review and outlook for 2010-11.


OCT 25
2010

Meteorology of the Blow Up of 1910: A reconstruction of the climate and weather stressors that contributed to the large wildfires that burned through much of the Idaho Panhandle and western Montana Aug 20-22 1910


MAY 15
2010

Overview of GCMs and downscaling methods, including the MACA method.


JAN 1
2010

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 Westwide.


NOV 1
2009

A synopsis of the climate of 2008-09 and seasonal outlook pertinent to the state of Idaho for this upcoming winter.


SEP 1
2009

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.


JUN 1
2008

California's 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 Climate Tracker