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Sarah Kapnick

Sarah Kapnick

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Telephone: (609) 452-6548


GFDL, Princeton University Forrestal Campus
201 Forrestal Road
Princeton, NJ 08540-6649

Sarah Kapnick is a Research Physical Scientist in the Climate Variations and Predictability Group at NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. Her research focuses on the mechanisms controlling the hydroclimate, with an emphasis on: precipitation, extreme storms and mountain snowpack. Dr. Kapnick’s work answers questions about current weather and deviations in the climate system relating to the water cycle, which can result in mitigable disruptions, and thus are paramount to resource planning and development. Dr. Kapnick’s research utilizes “big data” from both observations and models, to understand how the climate system has varied in the past and present, and what we might expect in the future. Dr. Kapnick received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University in Mathematics with a Certificate in Finance and her Ph.D. from UCLA’s Department in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. She is the recipient of the American Geophysical Union Cryosphere Section Early Career Award for 2015.

Some Recent Publications:

  • van der Wiel, K., Kapnick, S.B., Vecchi, G.A., 2017: Shifting patterns of mild weather in response to projected radiative forcing. Climatic Change, doi:10.1007/s10584-016-1885-9. NOAA Story; Princeton Story
  • van der Wiel, K., Kapnick, S. B., van Oldenborgh, G. J., Whan, K., Philip, S., Vecchi, G. A., Singh, R. K., Arrighi, J., and H. Cullen, 2017: Rapid attribution of the August 2016 flood-inducing extreme precipitation in south Louisiana to climate change, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 897-921. doi:10.5194/hess-2016-448. FAQs prepared on paper for broad interest.
  • Pascale, S, S Bordoni, Sarah B Kapnick, Gabriel A Vecchi, Liwei Jia, Thomas L Delworth, Seth D Underwood, and Whit G Anderson, 2016: The impact of horizontal resolution on North American monsoon Gulf of California moisture surges in a suite of coupled global climate models. Journal of Climate, 29 (21), 7911-7936. doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-16-0199.1.
  • van der Wiel, K, Sarah B Kapnick, Gabriel A Vecchi, William F Cooke, Thomas L Delworth, Liwei Jia, Hiroyuki Murakami, Seth D Underwood, and Fanrong Zeng, 2016: The resolution dependence of contiguous US precipitation extremes in response to CO2 forcing. Journal of Climate, 29 (22), 7991-8012. doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-16-0307.1.
  • Lemoine, D, and Sarah B Kapnick, 2016: A top-down approach to projecting market impacts of climate change. Nature Climate Change, 6(1), 51-55. doi:10.1038/nclimate2759.


Curriculum Vitae (April 2017)

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