Winter weather whiplash

Project Update: A scientific paper has resulted from this work and is in press.

Information below; check back for final version and citation information.

Casson, N.J. A.R. Contosta, E.A. Burakowski, J.L. Campbell, M.S. Crandall, I.F. Creed, M.C. Eimers, S. Garlick, D.A. Lutz, M.Q. Morison, A.T. Morzillo, S.J. Nelson, 2019. Winter weather whiplash: impacts of meteorological events misaligned with natural and human systems in seasonally snow-covered regions. Earth’s Future, in press.



Funded by SESYNC, this project is using northeastern North America as a test bed for developing a suite of winter weather whiplash indices and associated physical, ecological, biogeochemical, and socioeconomic response metrics to determine the extent to which winter weather whiplash events have cascading impacts on ecosystems and their services. This Pursuit will assemble a diverse and interdisciplinary group of collaborators from private and public institutions across the United States and Canada to devise a novel understanding of how past and future winter climate change will broadly impact coupled natural human systems in seasonally snow covered areas globally.

Principal Investigators: 

Alix Contosta, University of New Hampshire

Nora Casson, University of Winnipeg

Team members: 

Sarah J. Nelson, University of Maine (former); Appalachian Mountain Club (current)

Mindy S. Crandall, University of Maine

Anita Morzillo, University of Connecticut

John Campbell, US Forest Service

Elizabeth Burakowski, University of New Hampshire

David Andrew Lutz, Dartmouth College

Catherine Eimers, Trent University

Irena Creed, University of Saskatchewan

Sarah Garlick, Hubbard Brook Research Foundation

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