Applied Meteorology And Climatology

The Western Regional Climate Center has several projects involving climate monitoring. Water managers rely on climate monitoring to assess current water conditions and project water needs into the future. Drought conditions in the western U.S. have prompted local, state and federal water agencies to look at a variety of methods to conserve and increase water resources. One method is weather modification, particularly cloud seeding to enhance winter snowpacks. DRI's Atmospheric Sciences have been and continue to be involved in research in this area, which has the potential for being a cost effective means of enhancing water resources. The research has been in several areas including atmospheric plume dispersion modeling, in-situ and remote sensing studies of winter cloud systems, ultra trace chemical studies of snow (in collaboration with the Hydrologic Sciences trace chemistry lab), and hydrologic modeling (also in collaboration with Hydrologic Science colleagues). Atmospheric scientists are looking into this area of geoengineering from a modeling perspective.

Wildfire related applied research falls within four general categories – fire weather (including air quality), fire climate, fire societal and fire visualization. Current fire weather research includes examining particulate emissions from biomass burning, physics and chemistry of biomass burning, developing a forecast algorithm for dry lightning and providing operational fire weather and smoke management projects. Current fire related research that incorporates a societal component includes surveys of fire managers on the use and utilization of climate information, establishing partnerships between scientists and decision makers, and performing a social network analysis on the use of seasonal fire outlooks.

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Weather Data Management and Access System for RMBL Stations
Operate and Maintain 2Agl Generators for Winter Park Project
Installation and Maintenance of Cloud Seeding Equipment for the Grand Mesa WEA Cloud Seeding Program
Verification of Spot Fire Weather Forecasts
Strategies for Climate Change Adaptation at the Dryden Flight Research Center and Within the Mojave Desert Region
Refurbish a Remotely Controlled Cloud Seeding Generator for the Grand Mesa Cloud Seeding Program
Updates to the Victoria Fire Weather Gridded Dataset
Valles Caldera National Preserve - Operations and Servicing
Cloud Seeding Project for Tahoe and Truckee Basins for WY2012
Maintenance of a Remotely Controlled Seeding Generator and Weather Station
TRF #92 - Cloud Seeding Project for Tahoe and Truckee Basins for WY2012
Remotely Controlled Cloud Seeding Operations for the WY2012 Winter Park - Denver Water Cloud Seeding Project
Development and Evaluation of Regional Climate Downscaling Techniques in Forcing a Coupled Hydrological Model in Small Snow-Dominated Watershed
DRRC, Collaborative Research: Emergency Management in Rural America: Decision-Makers Use of Climate Science in Flood Planing and Management (Rural Floods)
Fire Danger Pocket Cards
Feasibility Study for an Eastern Nevada Cloud Seeding Project
Climatological, Meteorological and Smoke Decision Support Information for Prescribed Burning Operations and Wildland Fire Management in California and Nevada
National FCAMMS
RAWS Data Archive
Predictive Services Data Formatting
#81 Cloud Seeding Project for Tahoe and Truckee Basins for WY2011
Cloud Seeding Generator, Weather Station and Propane Dispenser Operation and Maintenance for the Grand Mesa WEA Weather Modification Program
Operate and Maintain 2 Agl Generators for Denver Water - Winter Park Project
Fire Program Analysis (FPA)
Project to Install, Operate and Maintain a Remotely Controlled Seeding Generator and Weather Station for SWCD
5-Year Cloud Seeding Project for the Walker Basin for Water Years 2011-2015
Predictive Services - Gridded 7 Day Fire Danger
WRCC Data Retrieval and Site Visits
Assessing Fuel Treatments in Southern California National Forests in the Context of Climate Change
WRCC Data Retrieval and Site Visits
Assessing Fuel Treatments in Southern California National Forests in the Context of Climate Change
Trace Chemical Monitoring for the Wyoming Weather Modification Pilot Project
Assemble One Weather Station for the Southwestern Water Conservation District (SWCD)
Cloud Seeding Project for Tahoe and Truckee Basins for WY2010
Cloud Seeding Project for the Walker River Basin for WY2010
Pit-McCloud Aquifer Recharge Project
Cloud Seeding Project for Northeast Nevada (WY2010) - Ruby Mountains/Tuscarora
Weather Data Collection - Bango Oil
WRCC Data Retrieval and Site Visits
Assessment of Remote Automated Weather Station (RAWS) Observations and Estimating the Optimal Distribution of RAWS Stations to Include Development of 7-Day RAWS-MOS
Climatological, Meteorological and Smoke Decision Support Information for Burning Operations of the National Park Service and other Federal Land Management Agencies in California and Nevada
Fire History and Climate Change in the Western U.S.
Role of Climate in Wildfire and Fuels Management - Task 14
Understanding Drought for Interagency Fuels and Fire Business - Task 13
Development of Experimental FCAMMS National Forecast Products - Bluesky
ET Stations
Climate and Ecosystem Studies and Product Development for Wildland Fire and Resource Management
Regional Climate Services Support in the Western Region
Task 10 - Development and Delivery of CEFA-CANSAC Products
Task Order 7 - RAWS Web Access
Clover Mountain Weather Station
Fire Weather and Climate Information(NOAA UCSD CAP)