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Impacts of interannual-to-decadal climate variability on western North America

PI: Patrick J. Bartlein
Institution: University of Oregon
Additional Investigators: Steve Hostetler (USGS), Sarah Shafer (USGS), Al Solomon (USEPA)
Abstract:
We are studying the impacts of interannual-to-decadal scale climate variability on the hydrology and terrestrial ecosystems of western North America using a combination of observations, reanalysis data sets, global and regional climate-model simulations, and hydrologic and ecologic process models. In particular, we are focusing on the synoptic-scale controls of disturbance by fire, drought, streamflow, and snowcover, and relating these to the variations of particular climate modes, such as ENSO.

Objective: The objectives of the proposed analyses will be to characterize the variability in the simulations of those features that have been shown to significantly influence ecologic and hydrologic variations over western North America, and to project the hydrologic and ecologic responses to those variations in the climate simulations.

Model data required: monthly pr, tas, cloud_area_fraction, tos, psl, zg at 700 and 500mb, eastward_wind and northward_wind at 925, 700 and 500mb.
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