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The NASA Energy and Water Cycle Extreme (NEWSE) Integration ProjectSkillful predictions of water and energy cycle extremes (flood and drought) are elusive. To better understand the mechanisms responsible for water and energy extremes, and to make decisive progress in predicting these extremes, the collaborative NASA Energy and Water cycle Extremes (NEWSE) Integration Project, is studying these extremes in the U.S. Southern Great Plains (SGP) during 2006-2007, including their relationships with continental and global scale processes, and assessment of their predictability on multiple space and time scales. It is our hypothesis that an integrative analysis of observed extremes which reflects the current understanding of the role of SST and soil moisture variability influences on atmospheric heating and forcing of planetary waves, incorporating recently available global and regional hydro- meteorological datasets (i.e., precipitation, water vapor, clouds, etc.) in conjunction with advances in data assimilation, can lead to new insights into the factors that lead to persistent drought and flooding. We will show initial results of this project, whose goals are to provide an improved definition, attribution and prediction on sub-seasonal to interannual time scales, improved understanding of the mechanisms of decadal drought and its predictability, including the impacts of SST variability and deep soil moisture variability, and improved monitoring/attributions, with transition to applications; a bridging of the gap between hydrological forecasts and stakeholders (utilization of probabilistic forecasts, education, forecast interpretation for different sectors, assessment of uncertainties for different sectors, etc.).
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House, P. R.
(George Mason Univ. Fairfax, VA, United States)
Lapenta, W.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Schiffer, R.
(Maryland Univ. Baltimore County Baltimore, MD, United States)
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
May 27, 2008
Subject Category
Meteorology And Climatology
Meeting Information
AGU 2008 Joint Assembly(Fort Lauderdale, FL)
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