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Columbia Engineering Team Makes Major Step in Improving Forecasts of Weather Extremes


June 6, 2011

map showing impact of heat and moisture Columbia Engineering, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory and Rutgers University researchers have demonstrated that high evaporation increases the probability of afternoon rainfall in eastern U.S. and Mexico. "This is a major shift in our understanding of the coupling between the land surface and the atmosphere, and fundamental for our understanding of the prolongation of hydrological extremes like floods and droughts," says Pierre Gentine, assistant professor of applied mathematics. Full Story

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