On Friday, February 9th, researchers met for the first Grand Challenge workshop which focused on exploring: 1) current trends in the Texas climate and projections for the future; 2) what vulnerabilities this raises for agriculture, hydrology, and ecology; 3) identify speakers and participants for future work; and 5) interdisciplinary dialogue on model integration between the atmospheric science community and the rural agriculture and ecology modeling community. The workshop featured presentations from participants as well as an extended time for breakout discussions. For more information on the workshop including presentations, a list of participants, and output from the breakout session, click here.
The group will now begin planning a speaker or mini-seminar series scheduled for late April/early May. Check back soon for updates.
More information about the February 2018 workshop can be found here.
The headline from an article published on January 24, 2018 in the Texas Observer explains that 2017 was not only a warm year for the state but also a combination of forces combined to produce extreme weather events, such as Hurricane Harvey, which caused damages throughout the state.
Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, a contributor to this project is quoted in the article. An excerpt from the article can be seen below.
“In 2017, both La Niña and climate change worked hand-in-hand, according to John Nielsen-Gammon, the state climatologist and a professor at Texas A&M University’s department of atmospheric sciences. La Niña typically brings warmer and drier conditions to Texas. Overlaying climate change on the effects of La Niña led to Texas experiencing its second-warmest year on record, he said.”
You can read the full text of the article by Naveena Sadasivam here.