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Upcoming Webinar:

Utilizing Hydroclimatic Data to Improve Drought Monitoring and Seasonal Forecasting Techniques
Monday, August 28 at 1PM CT

Hydroclimatology is a field which encompasses both the terrestrial and atmospheric components of the hydrologic cycle. This webinar will feature Dr. Zack Leasor an assistant professor in climate science at the University of Missouri where he serves as the Missouri State Climatologist and Director of the Missouri Climate Center, who will explore how hydroclimatic data can be used to better understand land-atmosphere interactions and improve climate prediction and drought monitoring.

The land surface plays a key role in hydroclimatic hazards such as drought and extreme heat, particularly during the warm season when land-atmospheric feedbacks can result in atmospheric persistence, a source of subseasonal-to-seasonal (S2S) forecast skill. The persistence of anomalously warm temperatures and drought conditions is common and measuring the soil moisture is imperative for understanding the energy fluxes and land-atmosphere coupling that leads to the persistence of hydroclimatic extremes.  

Tune in to learn about Dr. Leasor’s research and the predictability of both temperature and drought at S2S timescales and considers the impact that different types of soil moisture data have on statistical temperature outlooks.