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Department of Atmospheric Science

Wed., Oct. 19, 12 noon, EIC Auditorium


High-Resolution Modeling of Precipitation and Snowpack in Wyoming

Bart Geerts

University of Wyoming


A variety of high-resolution gridded precipitation products have been developed, but in Wyoming and elsewhere in the West their accuracy is limited by a rather poor-resolution gauge network, in particular the SNOTEL network over the mountains, where most of the precipitation falls and where the seasonal snowpack resides. A first question we aim to answer is: can numerical simulations of the weather and land surface map out seasonal precipitation and snowpack better than observations? The regional climate simulations we conduct to address this question are used next to address a second question at least equally important to water stakeholders in and around Wyoming: what to expect in a few decades from now. This presentation would not be possible without access to the NCAR Wyoming Supercomputer, nor without the contributions of Xiaoqin Jing (Tier 1 funded PhD student), Yonggang Wang (Texas Tech Univ.) and Changhai Liu (NCAR).

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