Wednesday, April 7, 2021, from 12:30 - 1:30 pm on Zoom.
Influence of climate variability and change on concurrent regional droughts
Concurrent droughts across multiple regions threaten global food security, agricultural markets, reinsurance industries, and consequently, the global economy. I will discuss our ongoing research on understanding the historical characteristics and physical drivers of spatially concurrent droughts across several tropical and subtropical regions. I will also discuss the response of such events, their drivers and associated societal exposure to projected 21st Century warming.
Deepti Singh is an assistant professor in WSU’s School of the Environment. Prior to joining WSU in June, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. Her research interests are focused on the intersection of physical climate and human vulnerability, to assess climate risks to society. She combines climate dynamics with statistical approaches to examine the influence of historical and future climate forcings on the characteristics of climate extremes and their associated physical processes on a range of spatio-temporal scales. Her research identifies the drivers of climate extremes and their impacts on agriculture, public health, and water resources using a combination of observations, paleoclimate evidence, remote sensing data, and numerical simulations. Overall, her goal is to improve our understanding of the societal risks in a changing physical climate to inform policy, risk-management, and adaptation strategies.