Scientists working at NYU Abu Dhabi have developed a sophisticated new theoretical model that may lead to more timely, accurate forecasts of the central Pacific El Niño (CP El Niño), an important global weather-maker.
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Shafer Smith and other scientists at NYU Abu Dhabi's Center for Prototype Climate Modeling are developing sophisticated computer models to help improve climate prediction and bring more certainty to what the Earth's weather will look like in the future.
An increase of even a few degrees in the Earth’s climate will have tremendous consequences for billions of people. Researchers at NYU Abu Dhabi are trying to determine how climate change will affect humanity's collective future and how to better understand changes that are taking place.
Weather prediction, even over a short period of time, is extremely difficult. There are so many variables in the atmosphere that it's impossible to say for sure what the weather will be like next year, next month, or even tomorrow.
The sandstorms that can complicate life in Abu Dhabi are part of a complex weather pattern that also provides India with the monsoon rain essential to the crops that sustain one billion people, NYU Abu Dhabi researchers are learning.
A team of scientists at NYU Abu Dhabi have published a paper arguing that monsoon winds that provide rain to the west coast of India may shift northward in the future, leaving southern areas of the country drier than they are now.
Andrew Majda, principal investigator of NYU Abu Dhabi's Center for Prototype Climate Modeling (CPCM), has been awarded the Lagrange Prize from the International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM) for his outstanding scholarship in the field of applied mathematics.
Understanding our planet's climate, and how it is changing, is growing increasingly urgent. But the task is so enormously complex that today's best computer models are still insufficient, almost primitive.
Scientists at NYU Abu Dhabi's Center for Prototype Climate Modeling (CPCM) have discovered the causes of the storms that brought high winds and flooding to the UAE in November.
Right now, we're using only 1 percent of the current data available from satellites to help us understand climate change," said Andrew Majda, founder and principal investigator of NYU Abu Dhabi's Center for Prototype Climate Modeling (CPCM).
New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), through its NYUAD Institute, has awarded research grants to four selected research initiatives based in Abu Dhabi, investing a total of some $16 million (Dhs 58.8 million) in the projects over a five-year period.
In the News
Climate model projects 45% fall in monsoon
Researchers from the Centre for Prototype Climate Modeling, New York University Abu Dhabi predict that there could be a 45% decrease in Indian summer monsoon in the late stages of 21st century.
The Times of India | March 01, 2018
Rain alert on rising temperatures
Rising global temperatures will lead to a 60 per cent fall in the number of low pressure storms over the Bay of Bengal that serve as key rain-bearing engines during the monsoon, climate scientists have predicted.
The Telegraph India | February 28, 2018
Climate dynamics: Shorter monsoon season
The Indian summer monsoon (ISM) is characterized by extensive rainfall across the sub-continent, driven, in part, by land–sea temperature contrasts and the resulting landward flow of moist oceanic air.
Nature | May 31, 2017
Study sees limited impact of climate change on fisheriesClimate research experts at Abu Dhabi center notice many global weather anomalies this year, including the recent rainfall in the UAE
Global warming is less of a concern to the fisheries industries along the Omani coast during the summer season of June through September than previously thought, a new study has revealed.
Times of Oman | October 24, 2016
UAE-based scientists hope to predict monsoon rains in India
Called the Monsoon Mission, the project will use historical data in India to inform predictions about future rainfall.
The National | September 21, 2015
Professor Andrew Majda awarded Lagrange Prize from the International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
ICAM (The International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) Lagrange Prize is awarded to Andrew J. Majda (New York University, USA) in recognition of his ground-breaking, original, fundamental and pioneering contributions to applied mathematics and, in particular, to wavefront propagation and combustion, scattering theory, fluid dynamics and atmosphere climate science.
International Congress for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, ICIAM 2015 | August 14, 2015
Monsoon winds shift to affect climate in Arabian countries
A team of scientists at New York University Abu Dhabi has published a paper arguing that monsoon winds that provide rain to India's west coast may shift northward, leaving the southern parts of India drier.
Times of Oman | October 8, 2014
Madden-Julian Oscillation modeled using new cloud parameterization
Centered on the tropical Indian Ocean and the western Pacific Ocean, the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) is a major atmospheric system that has a strong effect on global weather systems, affecting everything from the rains in Australia to the temperature in the eastern United States.
Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union | August 14, 2015
W Coast to face the heat
The core of the southwest monsoon regime has been showing a tendency to shift north along India’s West coast, leaving the south increasingly dry.
The Hindu Businessline | August 12, 2014
Many global weather anomalies this year
Scientists believe they have discovered the cause of the extreme weather that hit the Middle East. When dry cold air meets warm moist air, a phenomenon called 'occlusion' occurs. This caused the record rainfall in Gulf region last month
Times of Oman | December 9, 2013
After worst November weather in a decade, scientists discover cause of UAE storms
Scientists at the Center for Prototype Climate Modeling unit at the New York University Abu Dhabi believe they have discovered what caused the freak weather that hit the UAE last month.
The National | December 5, 2013
Tracing the footprints of an unusual wet spell
Climate research experts at Abu Dhabi center notice many global weather anomalies this year, including the recent rainfall in the UAE
Gulf News | December 5, 2013
Abu Dhabi Research Center to help scientists understand climate change
The Centre for Prototype Climate Modelling, at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), will study clouds that form over the tropics.
The National | February 2, 2013
Experts tackle water scarcity
A new center for prototype climate modeling at the New York university institute will help researchers study ways to bring more water into the Middle East and North Africa region
Gulf News | May 8, 2011