Tree-rings as a toolbox for studying drought dynamics

Category: Time:
Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 15:30 to 16:30
Room: Speaker:
Benjamin Cook
NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Malcolm Hughes

Tree-ring Talk by Candidate for Ltrr Faculty Position

Tree-rings can provide highly resolved spatiotemporal estimates of drought variability extending back centuries and even millennia. In this talk, I will present research using tree-ring based drought reconstructions to inform our understanding of drought in the paleoclimate record, observations, and climate change projections. Further, I will highlight the value of combining these estimates with physically based climate models to better inform our understanding of the physical drivers of drought variability and risk.