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Cornell Initiative for Digital Agriculture (CIDA) Seminar Series: "What are we talking about when we talk about drought?" - Toby Ault

Monday, April 20, 2020 at 12:00am to 1:00pm

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COVID-19 update; this seminar is now zoom-only. Please use the zoom link: to join at noon.

This talk will cover the analytical toolkit for monitoring, modeling, and predicting drought. It focuses on the basic physics of drought from the perspective of the climate system and the atmospheric aberrations that lead to regional or local moisture deficits. The historical context for current droughts is reviewed before examining the role that climate change may have on drought severity, frequency, and extent in the future. It concludes with a vision for how the tools being developed within the CIDA initiative can be linked to improve state-of-the-art real-time monitoring and forecasting of droughts in the Northeast, as well as open up new areas for future drought research.

Ault is an associate professor in EAS. He received his PhD from the University of Arizona in 2011, then completed an ASP postdoc at the National Center for Atmospheric Research from 2011-2013 before joining Cornell. His work focuses on how human activity, natural variability, and seasonal extremes shape the emerging climates of the 21st century.

The Cornell Initiative for Digital Agriculture (CIDA), a faculty led initiative focused on creating a strong voice in the emerging area of Digital Agriculture (DA), invites Assoc. Professor Ault to present his research for CIDA’s monthly seminar series.

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