Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder

Angie Pendergrass

Angie Pendergrass will work with Gil Compo and Prashant Sardeshmukh at NOAA ESRL to study extreme precipitation, its dynamics, and its changes in centennial reanalyses and climate model simulations. How extreme precipitation will change with warming is crucial to understand because of its importance for climate impacts and the potential for adaptation action by water managers and hydrologists. The range of projected change in extreme precipitation from climate model simulations is large. In order to make sound projections of how extreme precipitation will change, we need to untangle the factors causing this wide range and determine where we fall within it. As a CIRES fellow, Angie will apply a new analysis technique to deconstruct the factors driving externe precipitation, in order to see whether the dynamics driving extreme precipitation and its change are related among climate models and reanalyses. Before coming to CIRES, Angie did her PhD at the University of Washington in Seattle and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.  Angie is excited to work with this new segment of the Boulder atmospheric science community.