High-Resolution Climate Modeling
Climate models are tools used by scientist to understand how climate will change in the coming decades and century. As computer power continues to increase so too does the ability to run climate models at higher horizontal grid spacings (< 30 km). At such resolutions these models are able to capture localized events, such as tropical cyclones, that until recently were difficult to simulate at typical climate model resolutions. The Climate Extremes Modeling Group aids in the continued development and validation of these next-generation climate models, as well as utilizing them to understand how these extreme events change in the coming decades.
Climate models are becoming a tool of choice to understand how climate and weather extremes will change in the future. Understanding how these extreme events will change in the coming decades is of great importance to society. The Climate Extremes Modeling Group studies a variety of extremes and their interaction climate, including hurricanes and extreme precipitation events.
Reduced Complexity Modeling
Reduced complexity frameworks for model evaluation and intercomparison are crucial to continued model development as these test beds can isolate the impact of model design choices (e.g., physics parameterizations, dynamical core and resolution) on the simulations of atmospheric circulations and processes. This research is part of a continued effort to identify methods to understand robust behaviors of the climate system throughReduced complexity approaches to climate modeling. The Climate Extremes Modeling Group designs simplified frameworks to study convection and precipitation processes for high-resolution global modeling, as it offers a clear connection to cloud-resolving models.