My research seeks to gain a better understanding of Earth's natural climate variability.
My teaching seeks to convey that understanding to students so they can use that knowledge to make informed decisions about their future and about the global environment.
Current Climate Conditions
Visit the link here to the Desert Research Institute for more details of climate conditions in the western US
A New Climate Change Research Initiative
Improving Predictions of Drought
With the Support of the National Science Foundation and the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration, we are beginning an investigation aimed at improving climate predictions for the western US. Variations in the amount of precipitation are likely to have a big impact on the growing population in the western US during the coming decades. Our goal is to provide a better forward projection of the likelihood for drought or extreme precipitation that can inform planning and adaptation work.
Our study will couple climate model simulations to observations of isotopes of precipitation. The isotope composition of precipitation is used to 'fingerprint' sources of moisture that varies in response to atmospheric variability.
For more information see our research pages. If you are interested in getting involved, or simply wish to learn more about this new initiative, please contact us.