Lunch with Dr. Connie Woodhouse

Lunch talk with Dr. Connie Woodhouse Tree Rings: What can the past tell us about future climate?

Tree rings can be used to reconstruct climate conditions of the past.  In the US Southwest, tree-ring based reconstructions document variability in streamflow, including periods of prolonged drought far worse than we have experienced over the past century.  While these tree-ring records of past streamflow cannot be used to predict the future, they do provide information about the natural climate variability that has occurred in the past, and is likely to continue to occur in the future, even without considering climate change.

Dr. Woodhouse is an Associate professor in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona, with joint appointments in the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research and the Department of Geosciences.  Before coming to UA, shewas a physical scientist at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center’s Paleoclimatology Branch.  Her research focuses on climatic and hydrologic conditions of the last 2000 years in western North America, using tree rings to develop reconstructions of past rainfall, streamflow and drought.  She is also very interested in the applications of scientific information and data to water resource management.  She received a B.A. in environmental education from Prescott (AZ) College, an M.S. in geography from the University of Utah, and a PhD in geosciences from the University of Arizona. 

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Friday, February 15, 2013 - 17:00
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Friday, February 22, 2013 - 11:30