Richard B Rood
- 2525 Space Research Building
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Ph.D., Meteorology, Florida State University
M.S., Meteorology, Florida State University
B.S., Physics, University of North Carolina
I teach a class on climate change and the interface of climate change with all aspects of society. This has evolved into a class on climate change problem solving. It has changed my life. This is a graduate class, taught in concert with the School of Natural Resources and Environment. The class includes business students, policy students, as well as students from several science and engineering departments. Because of this class, more and more, my research interests are on the use of information from climate projections in adaptation to global warming. It's the future. Web link below.
My current physical-climate research is focused on bridging the study of weather and climate. With my graduate student Soner Yorgun we are investigating how the dynamical core impacts topographic precipitation. We are investigating specific features, viewing them as objects, and whether they are represented in the same way in different model configurations and observations. I also am co-advisor with Derek Posselt of Erika Roesler, who is studying low level Arctic clouds and their sensitivity to environmental parameters. Erika does her research at Sandia National Laboratory.
My student Evan Oswald is investigating trends in extreme heat events using quality controlled station observations. This work is being extended to gridded datasets used in climate-model downscaling. Our goal is to evaluate how well these gridded datasets represent historical trends and help to describe the uncertainty associated with projections of extreme heat in the future. This research is funded by Michigan's Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center.
Recently graduated students are Jared Whitehead and Laura Briley. Jared studied subgrid mixing in the set of dynamical cores supported by the Community Atmosphere Model. He won an NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, and accepted a position at Los Alamos National Laboratory. This research continues with Christiane Jablonowski and James Kent.
Laura finished her Masters degree at Northern Illinois University. Her research focused on how well climate models represent precipitation in the Great Lakes region, and she developed a template to assist in the description of climate-model uncertainty. She is currently working on glisaclimate.org, a problem-solving environment with the goal of supporting scientists and practitioners working together.
I also work on projects that couple climate models and hydrological models and that study the governance of Earth-science communities. My main activity in the next year will be developing the National Climate Predictions and Projections Platform.
I write blogs for Wunderground.com and Climatepolicy.org. They address climate science and strategic approaches to climate-change problem solving.
Specializations and Research Interests
- Climate change and business, policy, public health ....
- Climate Modeling
- Stratospheric and tropospheric chemistry modeling
- Data assimilation
Honors, Awards and Accomplishments
- World Meteorological Organization, Norbert Gerbier-Mumm International Award
- NASA Group Achievement Awards (SOLVE, Forecasting Group, SPADE, AASE)
- NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal
- NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal
- Fellow, American Meteorological Society
- Member, American Geophysical Union
Climate Change ClassClimate Change: The Move to Action
This selection includes links to the report that was written for the Office of Science and Technology Policy in 2000. It's an analysis and strategy for organizing climate modeling in the U.S. Some consider it a "computing report," but that's not all the authors intended. There is a PDF of my 1987 advection review and some of the other papers that people seem to ask for.
A Sampling of Prof. Rood's Non-scientific writings
(minor words that give me exaggerated pleasure.)
- Lessons of the Storm, Bay Weekly, 2009, Vol. 17
- The Cape Anne Pig and Me, Bay Weekly, 2007, Vol. 15
- Simple Africa, The Survivor, 2006, Vol. 25
- My Father'sTomatoes, Bay Weekly, 2006, Vol. 14
- John McLean, Current Magazine (online)
- Christmas at the 7-Eleven, Bay Weekly, 2005, Vol. 13
- The Keeper, Foreign Service Journal, 2004
- Relics, Faultline, 2003, Vol. 12