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Kirsten Findell

Research Physical Scientist

Climate Change, Variability and Prediction Group

Research interests:

Hydroclimatology; land-atmosphere interactions; impacts of land use change on climate; floods and droughts in a changing world

Land-atmosphere interactions:

  • The role of moisture and heat fluxes from the land surface on convective triggering.
  • The CTP-HIlow framework: understanding atmospheric controls on soil moisture-boundary layer interactions.

Land cover and land use change:

  • Climatic differences between historical land use patterns and estimates of "potential natural" vegetation patterns.
  • Extratropical impacts of tropical deforestation.
  • Relative impacts of historical land use and common sea surface temperature (SST) anomalies.

Floods and droughts:

  • Relationships between common SST anomalies and global flood and drought prevalence.
  • Drought in the Sahel in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Surface hydrology in a changing climate:

  • Summer drying/winter wetting in a world with higher levels of atmospheric CO2.

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