I'm a professor at U Michigan and lead a course on climate change problem solving. These articles often come from and contribute to the course.
By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 2:23 PM GMT on September 02, 2014
Climate Case Study: California Drought (2)
In my last blog I explored the current California drought as a climate case study. In my climate case studies I focus on interconnections, for example, how weather and climate influence jobs and behavior. This helps us expose the connections, the management strategies and the policies that are effective or absent. The stresses of climate change will generally amplify the threats due to these events with the exp...
Updated: 2:57 PM GMT on September 02, 2014
By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 10:58 PM GMT on August 22, 2014
Climate Case Study: California Drought (1)
Thank you for the responses about online courses from the last blog. In addition to the blog comments, I got some emails. I welcome more comments and emails.
Some years ago I went to Agate Fossil Beds National Monument in Western Nebraska. There are amazing fossil sites all over the Great Plains, from dinosaurs to mammoths. Though we never see the two toget...
Updated: 11:44 PM GMT on August 24, 2014
By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 8:33 PM GMT on August 14, 2014
Climate Change, Engineering, Stationarity and Applied Climate
Something New, Something Fantastic
Some years ago there was a Brevity comic strip with a man, John, standing at the supermarket checkout. The caption was, “Suddenly John realized he didn't want paper or plastic. He wanted something new… something fantastic.” You can see it here.
I try in my WU blog to find a niche that is different from other clima...
Updated: 5:50 PM GMT on August 15, 2014
By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 10:49 PM GMT on August 01, 2014
Tracking El Niño: Summertime Update
Back in May 2014, I wrote a couple of blogs about El Niño predictions for this year (Tracking El Niño and Underlying Models). For those who need it, there are links to basic information such as definitions of terms in those blogs. This entry is an update.
One quote I want to bring forward from the May 20, 2014 entry, “Note, none of these centers are predicting, yet, strong, super or monster. I’m no...
Updated: 4:20 AM GMT on August 02, 2014
By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 2:14 AM GMT on July 25, 2014
Models and Planning for Climate Change
I have written many blogs about models and modeling of climate. My collection includes a 2012 tutorial approach where I show that climate modeling is the process of calculating a budget, with many similarities to keeping the balance of a checking account (Introduction and end). In 2012, I wrote a piece on uncertainties in models and a number of ways to evaluate and to place model uncertainty in decision making. I...
Updated: 2:54 AM GMT on July 25, 2014