Bureau of Economic Geology

“Texas Precipitation: Variability, Change, and Risk”

September 30, 2016 9:00 AM
John Nielsen-Gammon

John Nielsen-Gammon
Regents Professor
Texas State Climatologist
Texas A&M University

Texas precipitation is highly variable in space and time: day to day, season to season, and year to year.  This talk will explore many aspects of Texas precipitation, including its means and extremes, the drivers of variability, and the extent of knowledge regarding the effects of climate change on precipitation.  Recent work on radar-based observation of long-term accumulated precipitation at high spatial resolution, and of the implications of a changing climate on safety and infrastructure design, will be highlighted.

John Nielsen-Gammon is Regents Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at Texas A&M University. He also serves as the Texas State Climatologist. His scientific training (including a Ph.D. from MIT in 1990) is in weather and weather forecasting, but his research has broadened to include computer modeling, air pollution meteorology, and applied climatology