Skip to content Skip to navigation

Home

What We Do

The Climate and Earth System Dynamics Group is led by Prof. Noah S. Diffenbaugh. Our research takes an integrated approach to understanding climate dynamics and climate impacts by probing the interface between physical processes and natural and human vulnerabilities. This interface spans a range of spatial and temporal scales, and a number of climate system processes. Much of the group's work has focused on the role of fine-scale processes in shaping climate change impacts, including studies of extreme weather, water resources, agriculture, human health, and poverty vulnerability.

Featured Publications

Climate change is increasing the risk of extreme autumn wildfire conditions across California



Goss, M., D.L. Swain, J. Abatzoglou, A. Sarhadi, C. Kolden, A.P. Williams and N.S. Diffenbaugh, Climate change is increasing the risk of extreme autumn wildfire conditions across California, Environmental Research Letters, 15(9), 094016, 2020.

Flood size increases non‐linearly across the western United States in response to lower snow‐precipitation ratios



Davenport, F.V., J.E. Herrera‐Estrada, M. Burke, and N.S. Diffenbaugh.  Flood size increases non‐linearly across the western United States in response to lower snow‐precipitation ratios. Water Resources Research, 56, e2019WR025571, https://doi.org/10.1029/2019WR025571, 2020.

The COVID-19 lockdowns: a window into the Earth System



Diffenbaugh, N.S., C.B. Field, E.A. Appel, I.L. Azevedo, D.D. Baldocchi, M. Burke, J.A. Burney, P. Ciais, S.J. Davis, A.M. Fiore, S.M. Fletcher, T.W. Hertel, D.E. Horton, S.M. Hsiang, R.B. Jackson, X. Jin, M. Levi, D.B. Lobell, G.A. McKinley, F.C. Moore, A. Montgomery, K.C. Nadeau, D.E. Pataki, J.T. Randerson, M. Reichstein, J.L. Schnell, S.I. Seneviratne, D. Singh, A.L. Steiner and G. Wong-Parodi, The COVID-19 lockdowns: a window into the Earth System, Nature Reviews Earth and Environment, https://doi.org/10.1038/s43017-020-0079-1, 2020.