Reducing Uncertainties in Climate Model Projections
The impacts of climate change have significant social and economic implications for our communities, industries, infrastructure, and ecosystems—and these are expected to intensify in the future. To develop better mitigation and adaptation strategies, scientists like Dr. Hugo Beltrami are working to improve the models used for projecting climate change.
Creating more accurate climate models is fundamental to our ability to assess the risks of greenhouse gas emissions and associated climate change. Acquiring information on past changes to our climate is also crucial for determining and simulating the past state of the Earth’s climate over decades and even centuries.
As Canada Research Chair in Climate Dynamics, Beltrami will address the key challenges of characterizing the energy exchange between our atmosphere and the shallow part of the Earth’s continental crust—an interaction that is extremely important for life on our planet.
Through theoretical and field-based projects, Beltrami and his interdisciplinary research team are trying to improve the land-surface model components (tools that represent energy and water flux exchanges between land and the atmosphere) of global climate models.
Because the causes and impacts of climate change affect many disciplines, Beltrami’s research will touch on areas as varied as permafrost stability, soil biogeochemical processes, public health, and food security planning. It will also create dialogue between scientists, the public, and policy-makers for identifying more sustainable approaches to dealing with climate change.