Thursday, October 19, 2006
Regional climate change in the Pacific Northwest
The talk will look at the details of how climate change is projected for the Pacific Northwest region. I will begin with an overview of global climate model results as applied to the Pacific Northwest. Then I will introduce a regional climate model based on MM5. Results from this model show how mesoscale processes can alter the climate change signal inferred from the global models. These "mesoscale surprises" produce localized amplification or moderation of the warming signal.
Eric Salathé is a research scientist with the UW Center for Science in the Earth System and an Affiliate Assistant Professor with the UW Department of Atmospheric Sciences.