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Project Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Contact Info

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Environmental & Health Sciences Division
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352

Dr L Ruby Leung

Phone: (509) 372-6182
Fax: 509-372-6168
Email: ruby.leung@pnl.gov
Website:

Fields of Interest

Regional climate modeling, climate impacts on water resources

Description of Scientific Projects

My research areas are in global and regional climate modeling. One of my focus is on developing subgrid cloud parameterizations for the models to account for subgrid variability due to orographic and turbulence effects. By improving the cloud and precipitation simulations, I have been able to demonstrate the technique of coupling regional climate model with hydrology and ecosystem models. This allows me to study the impacts of climate change and variability on water resources and ecosystems. I have used the coupled climate-hydrology modeling approach to estimate the impacts of climate change on mountain water resources in the Pacific Northwest, and also study the usefulness of seasonal climate forecasts for water resources management in river basins.

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