Monster Seminar JAM - Regional Climate Modeling and Impacts Assessment in the US Pacific Northwest
Dr. Eric Salathe, Climate Impacts Group, University of Washington
This talk will present recent regional climate modeling research at the UW Climate Impacts Group and the discuss the integration of model results into climate impacts assessment. Simulations of future climate scenarios produced with a high-resolution climate model (15-km grid spacing) show markedly different trends in temperature and precipitation over the Pacific Northwest than in the global model in which it is nested, apparently due to mesoscale processes not resolved at coarse resolution. The mesoscale simulations produce regional alterations in snow cover, cloudiness, and circulation patterns associated with interactions between the large-scale climate change and the regional topography and land-water contrasts. Regional model results are being applied to air quality modeling and methods are being developed to link the model with hydrologic models.
Date and Time:
October 9, 2008,
11:00 am - 12:00 pm