The Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) in partnership with the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS), and the British Columbia Ministry of Environment Climate Action Secretariat, hosted a one-day Atmospheric Rivers: State of the Knowledge Workshop on the 7th of March, 2013 in Victoria, British Columbia.
This workshop brought together a group of weather and climate scientists, including HMT researchers Marty Ralph and Dave Reynolds, forecasters, emergency management professionals, and policy advisors from the North American Pacific West Coast and Yukon regions to take stock of current knowledge on atmoserpheric rivers, understand the risks of climate related extreme precipitation events, and identify gaps in knowledge for further study. Ralph gave a presentation entitled, "Atmospheric Rivers and extreme precipitation: Recent developments and emerging directions in research, monitoring and prediction."
The final report from the workshop is now available online. The report recommends observing system enhancements for western Canada, and number one on this list is coastal atmospheric river observatories, akin to those being installed along the California coast as part of the HMT Legacy Project.
Contact: Allen White