Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Ryan Dewey

Ryan Dewey

Ryan Dewey came to CLaSP from the University of Colorado, where he did work in the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP). While there, he was introduced to two CLaSP faculty members whose research was interest to him. Ryan is currently a Ph.D candidate with a couple of years to go for his doctorate. His research focus is “a combination of space physics, magnetospheric physics, and comparative planetology.”

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Atmosperic Rivers

Atmospheric rivers are global scale moisture transport systems that drive the majority of moisture redistribution from the tropics to higher latitudes. These systems of transport are highly important in connection with the replenishment of water resources in many areas around the world. However, they are also influenced by climate change. Extreme weather events such as severe flooding and high winds are now found to be associated with atmospheric rivers. CLaSP President's Postdoctoral fellow Ashley Payne has developed a series of animations that have enabled her to understand what creates an intense atmospheric river before its impact, with the goal of better representing them in climate models so that water resource managers can be better prepared for these events.