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Eric P Salathé Jr

UWB
NWCSC
UW
Associate Professor (starting fall 2014) Climate Science
School of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics
UW Bothell

University of Washington Director, Northwest Climate Science Center
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences
University of Washington

E-mail: salathe@uw.edu phone: 206.616.5351 or 425.352.3226 Office: UWBB 253 [map]
Mail: Box 358538 | 18115 Campus Way NE | Bothell, WA 98011-8246 | VCard

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  • Liu, M., Rajagopalan, K., Chung, S. H., Jiang, X., Harrison, J., Nergui, T., Guenther, A., Miller, C., Reyes, J., Tague, C., Choate, J., Salathé, E. P., Stöckle, C. O., and Adam, J. C.: What is the importance of climate model bias when projecting the impacts of climate change on land surface processes?, Biogeosciences, 11, 2601-2622, 2014.
    [doi:10.5194/bg-11-2601-2014]
  • GS Mauger, Y Bauman, TD Nennich, and EP Salathé: Impacts of Climate Change on Milk Production in the United States. Accepted at American Geographer
    [doi:10.1080/00330124.2014.921017 | UW_News | Draft_PDF]
  • Salathé, EP, AF Hamlet, CF Mass M Stumbaugh, S-Y Lee, R Steed: Estimates of 21st Century Flood Risk in the Pacific Northwest Based on Regional Scale Climate Model Simulations. J. Hydrometeorology, in press.
    [doi:10.1175/JHM-D-13-0137.1] | [Draft PDF]
  • Dulière, V, Y Zhang, EP Salathé 2013: Changes in 20th century extreme temperature and precipitation over the western United States from regional climate model simulations and observations. J. Climate, in press.
    [doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-12-00818.1] | [PDF]

Teaching

I teach in the newly formed Climate Science and Policy major in the Science & Technology Program at the University of Washington, Bothell. The B.S. in Climate Science and Policy will integrate fundamental courses in the sciences with courses in policy to train students tackle the the issue of climate change. Graduates of this program will be prepared for careers in government, private and non-profit sectors, and graduate programs in science and policy studies.

Courses

  • BST 200 Introduction to Climate Science
  • BCLIM 320 Impacts of Climate Change
  • BCUSP 125 Calculus II
  • BCUSP 140 Scientific Journeys: Global Warming
  • BCLM 300 Fundementals of Weather and Climate (anticipated Fall 2012)

Research

I conduct research on regional climate change and climate impacts in collaboration with the Climate Impacts Group at JISAO, with a primary focus on the US Pacific Northwest. The primary focus of my work is to transform global climate change simulations into information suitable for studying regional impacts of climate change.

Simulations of global climate change and variabilty are the foundation for our knowledge about the climate. Global models, however, represent atmospheric and surface parameters with much too coarse a horizontal resolution to simulate regional processes, such as precipitation and streamflow, that determine the effects of climate on the region. Furthermore, global models do not account for surface features, such as topography and land use, that determine the regional climate.

This document gives a detailed overview of the regional scenarios methods used by the Climate Impacts Group. Web pages for the various methods are provided below:

Regional climate data produced using these methods is used to support climate impacts applications as well as basic research into regional climate change.

Other research interests of mine include upper-tropospheric moisture and its relationship to the climate. Most of my work in this field has been in using satellite remote sensing data to understand various aspects of this problem. I have an ongoing interest in understanding the transport of moisture into the subtropics using satellite data, conventional meteorological data, and atmospheric model results.

At the Climate and Radiation Branch at the Goddard Space Flight Center, I used TOVS radiance observations to examine the moisture distribution in general circulation models.

While a graduate student in the Geology and Geophysics Department at Yale University, I examined the accuracy of satellite observations, in situ moisure measurements, and radiative transfer calculations using simulaneous aircraft and GOES satellite observations.