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NW CSC Graduate Fellow Receives Award for Academic Excellence


05/20/2014


Sihan_Li_weatherathome 369x369On May 30, 2014 Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) Graduate Fellow, Sihan Li, will be one of two recipients honored with this year's Wayne V. Burt award, named for the founder of oceanography at Oregon State University (OSU), and awarded for academic excellence to a graduate student in physical oceanography or atmospheric sciences.

Li works with Dr. Philip Mote, University Director of the NW CSC and the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI), on a project called Weather at Home. Weather at Home is an innovative scientific experiment that makes use of over 50,000 volunteers and their personal computers to help scientists understand, in unprecedented detail, what lies ahead for the climate. By using existing personal computers, the project leverages volunteer resources from around the world to produce a highly detailed "super ensemble" with regional-scale models for four target regions- the western United States, southern Africa, Europe, and Australia. The super ensemble in the western US contains over 140,000 simulations, allowing scientists to quantify the details of climate change on fine spatial scales and to determine, among other things, how terrain affects the pace of climate change, how weather extremes will change, and what the likely ranges of change will be. A top priority of Weather at Home is to provide information that will meet the needs of various natural resource management agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Water Utility Climate Alliance. Funding for the project was provided in part by the California Energy Commission, the US Geological Survey, BLM and Microsoft Corporation.

Li arrived in the United States in July 2011, after graduating with a B.S. degree in atmospheric sciences from Yunnan University in Southwest China.

To learn more about Weather at Home visit here or contact Sihan Li at sli@coas.oregonstate.edu.