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Themed Climate Colloquium Series

We periodically host series of colloquia that are focused on a particular topic or theme in climate research. The colloquia are given by different climate researchers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The aim of these themed series is to advance specific areas of climate research (such as data assimilation, water science and resources, or the Earth's energy balance) by bringing together people from different disciplines, encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration and the exchange of ideas along the way.

Water in a Changing Climate: February-May 2012

Climate change and expanding populations are placing increasing strain on the planet's water resources. Advances in water cycle science and technology can help come up with adaptation and mitigation strategies that can address this challenge. Water applications and management communities are beginning to consider remote sensing data and sophisticated models as tools to provide more accurate assessment of impact on water availability and forecast information. This colloquium series, which will be followed by two focused workshops later on in the year, will address the topic of water availability in a changing climate. The talks will outline the most pressing questions and challenges in water cycle science and water resource management, and will identify new and integrated measurement and modeling techniques that can help address the most critical of these questions. The aim is to integrate water cycle science and water resource management activities at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory into the broader scientific community, and to formulate short- and long-term strategies for developing the needed expertise, technology and resources.

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What's Happening to Evapotranspiration? The Key to Understanding the Water Cycle in a Changing Climate

June 4, 2012

Professor Eric Wood, Princeton University

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 11.00 am-12.00 pm, 180-101

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Water Resources, Flooding and Drought in Snow-Dominated Austere Regions

May 17, 2012

Dr. Robert E. Davis, Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 11.00 am-12.00 pm, von Karman Auditorium

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Forecasting Your Water Supply: Capabilities and Gaps for Colorado River Forecasting

May 9, 2012

Kevin Werner, Colorado River Basin Forecast Center

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 10.00-11.00 am, 233-305E

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Water Cycle Change and the Human Fingerprint on the Water Landscape of the 21st Century: Observations from a Decade of GRACE

April 9, 2012

Professor Jay Famiglietti, University of California, Irvine

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 1.30-2.30 pm, 321-B20

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Assessing the Likelihood and Risks of Global Changes and Local Responses

April 3, 2012

Dr. C. Adam Schlosser, MIT

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 11.00 am-12.00 pm, 321 Auditorium

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Water in a Changing Climate

April 2, 2012

Professor Christian Kummerow, Colorado State University

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 2.00-3.00 pm, 321-B20

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Promoting the Value of Water-Cycle Remote Sensing and Climate Studies to Non-Traditional Consumers

March 12, 2012

Dr. Faisal Hossain, Tennessee Tech University

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 11.00 am-12.00 pm, 321 Auditorium

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The Science and Applications of Precipitation and Atmospheric Rivers in the Western U.S.

February 16, 2012

Dr. F. Martin Ralph, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 2.00-3.00 pm, 180-101

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Land Surface Hydrology Research at the University of Washington

February 13, 2012

Dr. Dennis Lettenmaier, George Washington University

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 10-11 am, 180-101

Climate Data Assimilation: June-December 2011

This series of talks touches upon data assimilation in climate science. Data assimilation is the process of combining models and data to come up with better estimates of a system than would be possible with just the model or just the data alone. Such assimilation is used heavily in weather forecasting, but the application of data assimilation in climate science is a relatively new approach. Our Climate Data Assimilation Colloquium Series explores how the synthesis of satellite data and numerical models (through data assimilation techniques) can be used to improve our understanding of the Earth system, the coupling between its components and the planet’s response to man-made climate forcing. The talks listed below cover the atmosphere, aerosols, oceans and ice.

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Data Assimilation Colloquia Wrap-up: Synergies in Earth System Assimilation

December 14, 2011

Dr. Kevin Bowman, Deputy Principal Investigator, Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California

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Regional Atmosphere, Ocean and Aerosol Data Assimilative Modeling and Its Applications

October 27, 2011

Dr. Zhijin Li, Research Technologist, Oceans and Ice Group, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California

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Assimilation of Satellite Observations Into Large-Scale Hydrological Models

October 13, 2011

Dr. Konstantinos Andreadis, Research Scientist, Water and Carbon Cycles Group, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California

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Ocean, Ice and Carbon: Earth System Science Applications of Ocean State Estimation

September 8, 2011

Dr. Dimitris Menemenlis, Research Scientist, Oceans and Ice Group, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California

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Ensemble Kalman Filtering: From Meteorology to the Carbon Cycle

August 22, 2011

Dr. Junjie Liu, Research Scientist, Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer Group, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California

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Constraining Large Scale Ice Flow Models Using Data Assimilation Methods

August 4, 2011

Dr. Eric Larour, Software Engineer, Thermal and Cryogenics Engineering Section, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California

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Observational Constraints on Climate Forcing: Perspectives from Satellites, Models and Assimilation

June 29, 2011

Dr. Kevin Bowman, Deputy Principal Investigator, Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California

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