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Hannah Nissan: Forecasting Climate to Help Save Lives

Hannah Nissan, a postdoctoral research scientist at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, studies how better climate forecasting might help reduce the number of deaths from heat waves and improve agriculture and child nutrition.

by |July 24, 2017
Farmers break into small groups to collect information about traditional indicators. Photo: Catherine Pomposi

Forecasting Climate, with Help from the Baobab Tree

To improve climate forecasts, scientists study the complex interactions and mechanisms within the climate system. But they also need to hear from potential users of climate information, such as farmers, to get a better understanding of how people may use that information in their decision making.

by |June 21, 2016
The map shows IRI's temperature forecast for July-August-September 2011. Red indicates areas with enhanced probability for above normal temperatures. Blue indicates areas with enhanced probability for below normal temperatures.

Climate Forecasting: Oceans, Droughts, Climate Change and Other Tools of the Trade

At the International Research Institute for Climate and Society’s monthly climate briefing, talk often focuses on the role that El Niño or La Niña play in driving global climate. With the collapse of La Niña last month, though, IRI’s forecasters now have to rely on different tools to offer forecasts for the coming year. That’s… read more

by |June 29, 2011
Selected combinations of ENSO and PDO associated with increased flood risk along the Blacksmith Fork River in Utah. Source:Shaleen Jain, Upmanu Lall, 2000, “Magnitude and Timing of Annual Maximum Floods: Trends and Large-scale Climatic Associations for the Blacksmith Fork River, Utah,” Water Resources Research

Before the Flood—Predicting the Deluge

The Columbia Global Flood Project is based on the conviction that while human beings may not have direct control of where and how much rain falls, there is a great deal more that can be done to manage the risk of extreme flooding around the world.

by |April 12, 2011