Project Description

To address current deficiencies in regional climate projections for the Southwestern US, our research is focused on developing a dynamical downscaling capability with the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model. Our methodology involves performing ensemble WRF runs initialized with the NCEP-NCAR reanalysis data and the ECHAM5 GCM. We plan to quantify the changes in seasonal/annual mean temperature and precipitation, and to develop climatological indices of extreme weather such as extreme precipitation frequency, heat wave frequency and drought episodes.

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