Regional Influences of Vegetation on Complex Droughts in North America

Lead PI: Jason E Smerdon , Dr. Richard Seager , , Justin Mankin

Unit Affiliation: Ocean and Climate Physics, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO)

September 2020 - August 2022
North America
Project Type: Research

DESCRIPTION: This project will focus on trace vegetation-drought feedbacks and how these complex interactions shaped previous drought characteristics and influenced their predictability. It will also quantify what role, if any, vegetation played in the onset, evolution, and termination of historical severe seasonal-to-interannual droughts. This project will use the latest generation of coupled Earth-system models from CMIP6, along with insights gleaned from historical analysis to characterize the influence of vegetation-drought interactions on future North American drought risks.