Research Highlights

Mar 2016

Innovations in Science and Scenarios for Assessment

CICS-NC’s Kenneth Kunkel is the lead author on a paper in Climatic Change describing the climate and sea level rise scenarios that were developed in…

Feb 2016

An Evaluation of HIRS Near-Surface Air Temperature Product in the Arctic with SHEBA Data

In an effort to improve our understanding of how the Arctic climate is changing, scientists from CICS-NC and NOAA are working to develop a new…

Jan 2016

Multi-Profile Analysis of Soil Moisture within the US Climate Reference Network

CICS-NC’s Jesse Bell is a coauthor on a new analysis of U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN) measurements of soil moisture, published in Vadose Zone Journal.…

Dec 2015

Kelvin Waves and Tropical Cyclogenesis: A Global Survey

A new study by Carl Schreck III of the North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies and North Carolina State University provides important insights into the…

Dec 2015

Global Land Surface Extremes of Precipitation

In an article published in the Journal of Extreme Events, CICS-NC’s Kenneth Kunkel and Rebekah Frankson analyze trends in heavy precipitation events and their relationships…

Nov 2015

Comparing AMSR-E Soil Moisture Estimates to the Extended Record of the U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN)

Building on previous work by the same author team, a paper in Advances in Water Resources reports on the use of satellite data to validate…

Oct 2015

The Mental Health Outcomes of Drought: A Systematic Review and Causal Process Diagram

Working with colleagues at Emory University, CICS-NC’s Jesse Bell contributed to a recent paper on the impacts of drought on mental health. After performing a…

Oct 2015

Comparing CMIP3 and CMIP5 Climate Simulations

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released a new report comparing results for the United States from two generations of climate model simulations.…

Oct 2015

MODIS: A Decade of Sea Surface Temperatures

Satellite-based instruments are the best tools we have for measuring sea surface temperatures (SSTs) on a global scale, but turning infrared sensor data into accurate…

Aug 2015

Net Surface Shortwave Radiation from GOES Imagery—Product Evaluation Using Ground-Based Measurements from SURFRAD

The balance of incoming and outgoing radiation at the Earth’s surface plays a crucial role in how energy and water is exchanged between the surface…