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I teach in the newly formed Climate Science and Policy major in the
Science & Technology Program at the University of Washington,
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.
- BCUSP 140 Scientific Journeys: Global Warming
- BST 200 Introduction to Climate Science
- BCLM 300 Fundamentals of Weather and Climate (anticipated Fall 2012)
- BCLIM 320 Impacts of Climate Change
- STMATH 125 Calculus II
- STMATH 308 Matrix Algebra
- B ENGR 310 Computation Physical Modeling
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
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
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