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Speaker: Roy Rasmussen (RAL/HAP)
When: 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2012Where: Foothills Lab 2, Roon 1022 (Large Auditorium)
Abstract: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.