Seminar Abstract

DATE:  Friday, May 10, 2019
TIME:  2:30 pm (refreshments at 2:15 pm)
PLACE: ENR building, room 223
       14 College Farm Road, New Brunswick, NJ

Salvatore Pascale
NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory

Current and Future Variations of the North American Moonsoon in a Warming Climate

The North American monsoon (NAM) is a circulation system that brings abundant rains to vast areas of Mexico and the southwestern United States. Understanding the impact of global warming on the NAM is of key importance for water supply, weather extremes, agriculture and the survival of unique natural ecosystems in these arid and semi-arid regions. How the NAM will change with increasing greenhouse gases, however, remains unclear, not least because coarse horizontal resolution and systematic sea-surface temperature biases limit the reliability of its numerical model simulations by global coupled models.

In this talk I will discuss some recent research on the possible impacts of global warming on the NAM, as well as current uncertainties and priorities for future research.