Scientific Understanding

Advance scientific understanding of atmospheric rivers and their role in extreme events

  • Quantify contributions to flooding and characteristics that distinguish events that produce floods from those that do not
  • Evaluate the role in modulating water supply and drought
  • Explore how climate change influences the frequency, intensity and characteristics of atmospheric rivers,especially regarding their influence on the western US
  • Use paleo-climate and historical data, IPCC climate models and regional models
  • Develop monitoring and diagnostic methods for climate trend detection in the water cycle
  • Advance understanding of the role of ARs and other extremes in western landscapes & ecosystems