Oct 2014 Southwest Climate Podcast: Monsoon Recap & El Niño Double Dips?
Assistant Research Professor, Arizona Institutes for Resilience
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, School of Anthropology
Ben McMahan joined CLIMAS after completing a PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology at the University of Arizona. His dissertation research was on hurricanes and disaster on the U.S. Gulf Coast, where he focused on
- Human interactions in dynamic social and environmental contexts,
- Risk perception and landscape changes during and after disaster, and
- Social network and policy responses to governance issues related to the acute threats of disaster; as they layer onto long term environmental issues and landscape scale changes.
He was also a key contributor to UA Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology (BARA) collaborative/trans-disciplinary research on the social, economic, and environmental impacts of the US Oil and Gas industry (2007-2011), and the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill (2010-2013).
At CLIMAS, his research activities included tracing how climate information is incorporated into regional decision maker networks, leading CLIMAS team research on the risks and effects of climate extremes, and collaborative research on the effects of climate variability on phenology and temporality of native plants in the region. He was also responsible for working to develop collaborative research opportunities and outreach efforts at CLIMAS, and as part of ongoing assessment and science/strategic planning, he contributed to strategic planning used to prioritize future research and outreach directions. He also coordinated publication of the monthly Southwest Climate Outlook, produced the Southwest Climate Podcasts, and was the online editor for CLIMAS’ blog - Southwestern Oscillations.
In the October Southwest Climate Podcast, CLIMAS climate scientists Zack Guido and Mike Crimmins discuss the 2014 monsoon, focusing on the influence of tropical storm systems, record and near-record precipitation events, monsoon intensity and duration, and the ever-present promise of El Niño.
|Monsoon/Precipitation Recap: Including influence of tropical storms, record/near-record precipitation, comparison to 2013||1:00|
|Tropical storm influence: Extending the monsoon and driving seasonal totals||10:00|
|El Niño Forecast Models: Predicting a wet fall/winter, El Niño influence, Kelvin wave effects and warm waters in the Pacific||15:10|
|El Niño "Now-Casting": Unique case to watch, why El Niño has been hard to predict||20:00|
|Drought Mitigation and Winter Precip: - El Niño conditions are favorable and it's almost here||26:00|
|Recap & Looking Forward: (Arctic Oscillation)||31:30|
If you have a question you'd like answered, you can email Zack Guido (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ben McMahan (email@example.com) with "CLIMAS Podcast Question" in the subject line. You can also tweet us @CLIMAS_UA or post a question on facebook
Also, as we mentioned last month, we have a new podcast feature: video mini-segments from the podcast. We have four segments posted from previous podcasts, including:
- Monsoon & Drought Q&A
- SW Tropical Storm Climatology
- ENSO (El Niño) Models Q&A
- Norbert vs. Odile - SW Tropical Storm Comparison
Finally, we now have the capacity to release transcripts of the podcast, stay tuned.