||Graduate Research Assistant
Department of Atmospheric Sciences
University of Washington
|My research focuses on seasonal rainfall prediction in potentially vulnerable agricultural regions of the developing world.
In a recently published paper with advisor David
Battisti, we explore the patterns and causes of severe drought in the Rio
Yaqui watershed of northwest Mexico using a suite of observational and paleoclimate data. This project was part of a larger collaboration with a Stanford-based interdisciplinary
team conducting a long-term study of sustainable development in the Yaqui Valley.
My current work focuses on the seasonal cycle of rainfall in Jiangxi Province, an important rice-growing region in southeastern China.
We will use a combination of dynamical and empirical-statistical models in an effort to make improved projections (compared to those provided by GCM simulations alone) of seasonal rainfall for the region under global warming in the 21st century.
R.E. Nicholas and D.S. Battisti, 2008: Drought Recurrence and Seasonal Rainfall Prediction in the Rio
Yaqui Basin, Mexico. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 47(4), pp. 991-1005.
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