Speaker: Roy Rasmussen (RAL/HAP)
When: 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Where: Foothills Lab 2, Roon 1022 (Large Auditorium)
Theory and results from climate models suggest that warming due to greenhouse gases will lead to an acceleration of the water cycle globally as a result of increased temperatures and moisture. This study will examine the acceleration of the local water cycle over the Colorado Headwaters region using an 8 year high resolution simulation of WRF for a current and a future warmer, moister climate. The analysis will focus on three main components of the water cycle: precipitation, evapo-transpiration, and runoff. Implications of these results for future research in the water cycle and climate change will be discussed.