Solar Radiation Interacts with Complex Topography in the Tibetan Plateau to Impact Climate Near and Far – Climate Program Office

12
Solar Radiation Interacts with Complex Topography in the Tibetan Plateau to Impact Climate Near and Far – Climate Program Office


Radiation from the sun plays a significant role in Earth’s surface energy balance and global climate. Rugged terrain complicates this energy balance, impacting the water cycle, atmospheric circulation, snow processes, clouds, and more. A new study, supported by the Climate Program Office’s Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections (MAPP) Program, investigates interactions between solar radiation and the complex topography of the Tibetan Plateau using an Earth System Model. MAPP supports scientist Yu Gu of the University of California, Los Angeles to improve our capability to simulate land components and interactions in models. Gu worked with researchers from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory on this Geophysical Research Letters paper to highlight the important role of solar radiation-topography interaction in modulating climate.

The Tibetan Plateau is the largest area of elevated topography on Earth, characterized by mountain ranges and large lakes. The authors of this study demonstrate that the rugged terrain alters the way sunlight casts shadows and how the land surface reflects or absorbs energy, resulting in an average temperature increase of about 0.5°F. The results also show how these interactions affect precipitation patterns in South and East Asia, providing evidence of remote influences on climate. Properly accounting for these interactions in models improves the representations of temperature and precipitation in local and remote climate patterns. This project works toward a MAPP initiative, funded in collaboration with the Department of Energy, to accelerate improvements in representing land-based processes as part of the climate system in NOAA, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration models.

Read the article »

For more information, contact Clara Deck.

Image credit: Pixabay

The post Solar Radiation Interacts with Complex Topography in the Tibetan Plateau to Impact Climate Near and Far appeared first on Climate Program Office.


Disasters Expo USA, is proud to be supported by Inergency for their next upcoming edition on March 6th & 7th 2024!

The leading event mitigating the world’s most costly disasters is returning to the Miami Beach

Convention Center and we want you to join us at the industry’s central platform for emergency management professionals.
Disasters Expo USA is proud to provide a central platform for the industry to connect and
engage with the industry’s leading professionals to better prepare, protect, prevent, respond
and recover from the disasters of today.
Hosting a dedicated platform for the convergence of disaster risk reduction, the keynote line up for Disasters Expo USA 2024 will provide an insight into successful case studies and
programs to accurately prepare for disasters. Featuring sessions from the likes of The Federal Emergency Management Agency,
NASA, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NOAA, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, TSA and several more this event is certainly providing you with the knowledge
required to prepare, respond and recover to disasters.
With over 50 hours worth of unmissable content, exciting new features such as their Disaster
Resilience Roundtable, Emergency Response Live, an Immersive Hurricane Simulation and
much more over just two days, you are guaranteed to gain an all-encompassing insight into
the industry to tackle the challenges of disasters.
By uniting global disaster risk management experts, well experienced emergency
responders and the leading innovators from the world, the event is the hub of the solutions
that provide attendees with tools that they can use to protect the communities and mitigate
the damage from disasters.
Tickets for the event are $119, but we have been given the promo code: HUGI100 that will
enable you to attend the event for FREE!

So don’t miss out and register today: https://shorturl.at/aikrW

And in case you missed it, here is our ultimate road trip playlist is the perfect mix of podcasts, and hidden gems that will keep you energized for the entire journey

-

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More