December 5, 2013. Stimulating the Middle East Climate Using Global and Nested Models. Georiy Stenchikov, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Sponsored by the Department of Environmental Sciences. The event will begin at 4:00 PM in Room 223 of the Environmental Sciences and Natural Resources Building, Cook Campus, Rutgers University.
The arid and semi-arid regional climates of the Middle Eastern and North African dry subtropics are closely linked to the large-scale Hadley Circulation and Monsoon Systems and therefore could not be completely described using the conventional nested model approach. Located in the heart of the dust belt, this region experiences tremendous aerosol radiative forcing that has to be better quantified to reliably describe current climate and predict future climate change. In my talk I will present recent results, obtained in my group, on calculating regional climate in the Middle East using global 25-km resolution atmospheric GCM and simulating dust effects and dust storms using a nested regional model fully coupled with an interactive dust module.