Seminar Abstract

L. Ruby Leung

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

A Summary of Regional Climate Modeling Research at PNNL

Mountain environment and resources are sensitive to climate that exhibits large variability across a wide range of temporal and spatial scales. Predictions of seasonal to interannual climate variations and projections of long-term climate trends can provide significant values in understanding vulnerability and managing resources of the mountains. Regional Climate Models have been used to study climate processes and project long term climate trends. This presentation provides an overview of the current status and future directions of regional climate modeling research at PNNL. More specifically, I will present the evaluation and analysis of regional climate simulations for the U.S. to investigate climate change impacts on water resources and air quality. Recent results from an NCAR project on the use of the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model for regional climate modeling will also be discussed.


Speaker bio:

Dr. Ruby Leung is a Laboratory Fellow at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Her primary research focus is in regional climate modeling. She has led several multi-disciplinary projects to examine the impacts of climate change on water resources. Currently, she chairs the Regional Climate Modeling Working Group of the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model to coordinate model development and application activities on regional climate modeling using WRF.