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Katie Hirschboeck's research involves the climatology and hydroclimatology of extreme events—especially floods, paleofloods, and droughts—which she analyzes from the perspective of their meteorological and climatological causes and their long-term variability. She also uses synoptic climatology and dendroclimatology to link tree-ring responses to anomalous atmospheric circulation patterns. Her work is aimed toward a more explicitly defined understanding of interactions between physical processes operating in the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and geosphere—specifically climatic variability, flood and drought hydroclimatology, and synoptic dendroclimatology.