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What do climate models tell us about the future of ridges over the pacific northwest?

Graham Taylor In mid-June of 2021, weather forecasters in the Pacific Northwest saw an extraordinary area of high pressure build in the upper atmosphere weeks out in weather models. Given the decaying accuracy of weather models more than a week or so in the future, this potentially record breaking feature was assumed to be part … Continue reading What do climate models tell us about the future of ridges over the pacific northwest?

Is mindfulness the answer?

There’s a lot to enjoy about academia, but grad programs and careers in research can also be stressful. Grad students, for example, are six times as likely to experience depression and anxiety compared to the general population, in a study conducted pre-pandemic. These levels were higher among women for anxiety (43% of women, 34% of … Continue reading Is mindfulness the answer?

A primer on climate modeling

by Paulina Cwik “All models are wrong, but some are useful” (George E. P. Box). Scientific models predict the behavior of a certain process or a mechanism under investigation. Inevitably, models are too simplified to capture the real state of a system. For example, scientists use climate models, idealized mathematical representations of climate system components … Continue reading A primer on climate modeling

Trees, Tempests, and Time: What trees can tell us about weather in the past

by Ashley Booth This post was originally posted on the EnviroBites blog. The author has given us permission to repost it here. It’s easy enough to figure out what the weather will be like these days. You simply open an app on your phone and there it is. A decent prediction of rain, wind, and … Continue reading Trees, Tempests, and Time: What trees can tell us about weather in the past

But do we understand each other? – Applying a communication model to science co-production

A team of coffee farmers in South America know climate change will affect timing, water use, and yields, but they’re not sure how to make adjustments for their particular crops based on the latest science. Water basin managers in the Rockies are making long-term water supply plans but they need more localized climate projections and … Continue reading But do we understand each other? – Applying a communication model to science co-production

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