The meteorological conditions, including temperature, precipitation, and wind, that characteristically prevail in a particular region.


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David Titley talks about his research at the
intersection of climate change, weather risk,
national security, and the Arctic.

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People specializing in this area


Jenni L. Evans

  • Modulation of tropical cyclone (TC) intensity and activity
  • Climate change impacts in the convective tropics
  • Climate change weather impacts in the US

Gregory S. Jenkins

Late 20th century drying and model projections of more arid conditions in the middle to late 21st century have and may further altered the way of life for many in West Africa.  Understanding the processes related to these changes require analysis of regional and global models.  It also requires a better understanding of limited observations for determining emerging trends in West Africa.   Climate variability and change will increase the challenges of decision-makers in West Africa who are addressing issues of urbanization, poverty alleviation, water resources, public health and food security. 

  • Jenkins, G. S., G. Adamou, S. Fongang, 2002: The challenges of modeling climate variability and change in West Africa, Climatic Change, 52, 263-286.
  • Kamga, A. F., G. S. Jenkins, A. Gaye, A. Garba, A. Sarr, A. Adedoyin, 2005: Evaluating the NCAR CSM over West Africa:  Present-day and 21st Century A1, Scenario, J. Geophys. Res., 110, D03106, doi:10.1029/2004JD004689. 
  • Jenkins, G. S., A. Gaye, B. Sylla, 2005: Late 20th century attribution of drying trends in the Sahel from the Regional Climate Model (RegCM3), GRL, 32, doi:10.1029/2005GL024225.
  • Sylla, M. B., A. T. Gaye, J. S. Pal, G.S. Jenkins, X. Q. Bi, 2010: Projected 21st Century Summer Rainfall over West               Africa, Changes in the Monsoon Circulation and Extremes from a Regional Climate Model (RegCM3), J. Geophys. Res., 115, D16108  doi:10.1029/2009JD012983

Laifang Li


Multidecadal climate variability

Subtropial high dynamics

Bayesian inference on extreme events 

Research and Teaching Faculty and Staff

Pengfei Zhang

  • Climate dynamics 

  • Polar Amplification and sea ice loss, Arctic - lower latitudes interactions

  • Water cycle and weather in a warming climate

  • Stratosphere-Troposphere coupling