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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

Quantifying the effect of precipitation on landslide hazard in urbanized and non-urbanized areas



Johnston, E.C., F.V. Davenport, L. Wang, J.K. Caers, S. Muthukrishnan, M. Burke and N.S. Diffenbaugh, Quantifying the effect of precipitation on landslide hazard in urbanized and non-urbanized areas, Geophysical Research Letters, 48, e2021GL094038, https://doi.org/10.1029/2021GL094038, 2021.

Using machine learning to analyze physical causes of climate change: A case study of U.S. Midwest extreme precipitation



Davenport, F. V. and N.S.  Diffenbaugh, Using machine learning to analyze physical causes of climate change: A case study of U.S. Midwest extreme precipitation, Geophysical Research Letters, 48, e2021GL093787, https://doi.org/10.1029/2021GL093787, 2021.

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.