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Date: June 11, 2014
Place: Foothills Lab - Room 1001
Simulating Regional Climate in Middle East and North Africa Using Global and Nested Models
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
The arid and semi-arid regional climates of the Middle Eastern and North African dry subtropics are closely linked to the large-scale Hadley Circulation and Monsoon Systems and therefore could not be completely described using the conventional nested model approach. Located in the heart of the dust belt, this region experiences tremendous aerosol radiative forcing that has to be better quantified to reliably describe current climate and predict future climate change. In this talk I will present recent results, obtained in my group, on calculating regional climate in the Middle East and North Africa using GFDL high resolution atmospheric model, HIRAM, and simulating dust radiative effects and dust storms using regional nested model fully coupled with the aerosol-chemistry module, WRF-CHEM.