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VIDEO: CLaSP Fellow Ashley Payne and Atmospheric Rivers

Posted: August 28, 2017

VIDEO: CLaSP Fellow Ashley Payne and Atmospheric Rivers

Climate & Space researcher Dr. Ashley Payne has created a set of animated visualizations to help predict when atmospheric rivers will impact land, allowing for better preparation for extreme weather events.

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. Postdoctoral fellow Dr. 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.

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Ashley Payne is a University of Michigan President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Climate & Space department. Her research interests are in the large-scale mechanisms influencing extreme events, particularly in relation to the intense moisture transport features known as atmospheric rivers.