Research Handouts

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About the Physical Sciences Division
PSD analyzes and diagnoses physical processes that influence weather and climate, to better understand and make predictions on global-to-local scales.
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21st Century Observations and Modeling in CA
Since 2008, ESRL has partnered with the California Department of Water Resources to address water resource and flood protection issues.
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Advanced Quantitative Precipitation Information
Improving monitoring and forecasting of precipitation and cloastal floding in the San Francisco Bay area.
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Atmospheric Rivers
Narrow corridors of concentrated moisture transported in the atmosphere are a key process linking weather and climate.
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CalWater 2015
A study of phenomena that play key roles in water supply availability and extreme precipitation events along the US West Coast.
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Causes/Predictability of 2011-2014 CA Drought
According to this NOAA-sponsored study, natural oceanic and atmospheric patterns are the primary drivers behind California's ongoing drought.
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CO—NM Regional Extreme Precipitation Study
Improving extreme precipitation estimates to enhance dam safety and community resilience.
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Development of NWM Soil Moisture Products
Prototype products being designed to inform/enhance NOAA drought monitoring and outlooks.
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El Niño Rapid Response Field Campaign
An unprecedented field campaign in 2016 to study El Niño while the event was ongoing.
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Explaining Climate Extremes of 2017-18 Upper CO Drought
A preliminary assessment of Colorado River Basin snowpack evolution during 2017-18.
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Explaining Climate Extremes of 2011 MRB Flood
A study of meteorological causes for the Missouri River Basin flood event to better understand its causes and predictability.
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Explaining Hydrologic Extremes in the Upper MRB
Studying the physical causes for the recent increase of high annual runoff in the Upper Missouri River Basin and present their findings in a new assessment report.
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Experimental Sea Ice Forecasts
PSD produces 0-10 day forecast guidance products during the fall freeze-up season (Sep-Nov) from a coupled model, which takes
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Forecast-Informed Reservoir Operations
FIRO is a management strategy that uses data from watershed monitoring and modern weather and water forecasting to help water managers selectively retain or release water from reservoirs in a manner that reflects current and forecasted conditions.
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Famine Early Warning Systems Network
FEWS NET works with NOAA and other U.S. government science agencies, national government ministries, international agencies and nongovernmental organizations to produce food security outlooks.
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Improving Hurricane Intensity Forecasts
Studies to develop, test and improve measurements of air-sea momentum & heat fluxes to help better predict hurricane track and intensity.
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Improving Wind and Extreme Precipitation Forecasting
An overview the Wind Forecast Improvement Project (WFIP) and Hydromet Forecast Improvement Project (Hydro-FIP).
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Interpreting Weather and Climate Conditions
Identifying the major sources of observed climate and weather patterns.
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MRB Seasonal Precip Forecasts
An assessment of operational and experimental forecast system skill and reliability in the Missouri River Basin.
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Multidisciplinary Drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate
MOSAiC is a ship-based ice camp that will drift for one year with central Arctic ice pack to collect coordinated observations.
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Studying the Coupled Arctic System
PSD contributes to the Stratified Ocean Dynamics of the Arctic (SODA) experiment.