Erin Dougherty

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PhD Student, Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University

Floods are the second deadliest natural disaster in the U.S., with an increased risk of flooding expected due to climate change. The mechanisms by which floods in the U.S. might change in a future climate has not been explicitly examined and is the focus of my research. In order to study these changes, I developed a hydrometeorological climatology of floods over the U.S., which will motivate the specific flood cases to examine in novel, high-resolution regional climate change simulations. These simulations will allow for an understanding of how atmospheric and hydrologic processes might change in future floods.

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Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering
Department of Atmospheric Science