Texas Tech Atmospheric Scientist Awarded $1.1 Million Grant by NSF for Localized Climate Change Study

Team of researchers to study how global climate change will affect populated areas.

An atmospheric scientist at Texas Tech University is participating with a collaboration of statisticians and other atmospheric scientists to study global climate change at the regional and local levels through a $1.1 million three-year grant from the National Science Foundation.

Katharine Hayhoe, one of three lead investigators for the study and a research professor in the Department of Geosciences at Texas Tech, will join five other researchers from the University of Chicago, University of Illinois and Harvard University to develop better estimates of how climate change affects the places we live.

"That’s the key part of this study," Hayhoe said. "Most climate change research has focused on a global scale. But the hardest thing to do with climate change is to predict what might happen on a more localized scale, such as a city or certain agricultural regions of a state – where it really matters."

Hayhoe said the study will focus on developing new statistical techniques to determine the likely impacts of climate change on individual cities and states in the United States.

CONTACT: Katharine Hayhoe, research associate professor, Department of Geosciences, Texas Tech University, (806) 392-1900, or katharine.hayhoe@ttu.edu