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Introducing the Climate Extremes Lab

Posted by rdsayler | February 18, 2023

Photo of dry lightning southwest of Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia.
[Photo: A cloud-to-ground lightning strike during a dry thunderstorm near Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia.. Source: Wikipedia. Author: Bidgee. License: CC BY-SA 3.0 AU.]

Faculty in the WSU School of the Environment develop and operate a variety of research and education labs dedicated to the earth and environmental sciences and other targeted ecological subjects (e.g., aquatic ecology, endangered species, forest ecology, geosciences, wildlife ecology) critical to understanding the future of the Earth.

One of the key SoE faculty labs driving our scientific understanding and futuristic vision of life on Earth is the Climate Extremes Lab of Dr. Deepti Singh at WSU Vancouver.

Students and research scientists in the Climate Extremes Lab study climate change and climate variability, focusing on timescales and events affecting agriculture, human health, and global environmental change (e.g., heat, drought, storms, monsoons, temperature extremes, wildfire) as well as sociological aspects of climate change (e.g., climate-driven migration; impacts on vulnerable populations; linkages between climate and environmental justice). Such studies are crucial to our understanding of how to better adapt to a rapidly changing world and successfully navigate the future.

The Climate Extremes Lab has a decidedly international flavor by virtue of attracting students and colleagues from around the world interested in working on important and challenging climate projects wherever they may occur. The strong diversity of backgrounds, interests, and research topics creates a stimulating research and intellectual experience for the lab group and those working with it.

Thumbnail of extreme heat magnitude around the worldDr. Deepti’s students and collaborators strongly embrace the goal of providing analytical insights that help minimize the risk of climate-related disasters (e.g., fire, flooding, heat stress, food stress) on vulnerable populations around the world and help people better manage and conserve ecosystems and natural resources important to humanity.

But rather than try to describe the lab ourselves, we’ll ask Dr. Deepti Singh and her students and colleagues to describe their work and goals in their own words. To learn more, we encourage you to visit: Climate Extremes Lab.

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