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Climate Change: The Move to Action

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(AOSS 480/NRE 480) Climate Change: An Inter-Disciplinary Approach to Problem Solving

Climate Change: Practicum for Applied Climate

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(AOSS 591 (Fall) /AOSS 592 (Winter))

QuikClimate: Physical Climate Course (Winter 2008)

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Dynamical Meteorology

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(AOSS 321, AOSS 401, AOSS 451)

Student Projects

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These projects are designed to address complex problems. They strive to incorporate consideration of climate change into decision making and recommendations. Often it is not easy, but that's the point of it all. Project Description

Rood Bio Material

Richard B. (Ricky) Rood is a professor of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Prior to 2005, he held several leadership positions at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. His more than 80 academic publications have been cited more than 4000 times.Ref 1 ResearcherID


Rood has contributions in several fields of research. The numerical scheme he developed with Shian-Jiann Lin of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory is used in many atmospheric chemistry models and global climate models Ref 2 Google Scholar Lin+Rood+Dynamical+Core. As the founding Head of the Data Assimilation Office, Rood was responsible for the first reanalysis dataset, GEOS-1 Ref 3 Paul Edwards, A Vast Machine, Page 326. The GEOS-1 data set in combination with the above-referenced numerical schemes became the foundation for GEOS-CHEM Ref 4 GEOS-CHEM.

In 1999 Rood was detailed to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He was the lead author of an influential report on development of a federal strategy for the provision of climate-modeling products and high-performance computing capabilities Ref 5 Climate Computing Ref 6 GCN. He has contributed to many advisory reports and two National Research Council reports on climate modeling and computing Ref 7 Capacity Modeling Ref 8 Advancing Modeling.

Recently, Rood has worked at he intersection of climate change and society, both performing research and developing curriculum. He is the climate change blogger for, and his writings are widely reproduced on the web and cited in blogs and media outlets. Ref 9 Nate Silver The Signal and the Noise, Page 379 Ref 10 Globe and Mail Ref 11 Washington Post


Rood is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society Ref 12 AMS Fellows, and he holds the World Meteorological Organization's Norbert Gerbier Award Ref 13 Gerbier Award. At NASA he was recognized with the Exceptional Achievement Medal and Outstanding Leadership Medal.

Selected Publications

“An Assimilated Data Set for Earth Science Applications,” Schubert, S. D., Rood, R. B., and Pfaendtner, J., Bull Amer. Meteor. Soc., 74, 2331-2342, 1993. link to abstract

“Multidimensional Flux-Form Semi-Lagrangian Transport Schemes,” Lin, S.-J., and Rood, R. B., Mon. Wea. Rev., 124, 2046-2070, 1996. Link to Paper

“Climate Projections and their Impact on Policy and Practice,” Lemos, M. C. and Rood, R. B. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 1, 670-682, DOI: 10.1002/wcc.71, 2010. link to abstract

High-end Climate Science: Development of Modeling and Related Computing Capabilities, Richard B. Rood, Jeffery L. Anderson, David C. Bader, Maurice L. Blackmon, Timothy F. Hogan, and Patricia K. Esborg, available from US Global Change Research Program, 2000. Link to Paper

“Changing the Media Discussion on Climate and Extreme Weather,” Christine Shearer and Richard B. Rood, Earthzine, April 17, 2011 Link to Document

"To be the best in weather forecasting: Why Europe is beating the U.S." Richard B. Rood, Washington Post, March 8, 2013 [ /08/429bfcd0-8806-11e2-9d71-f0feafdd1394_blog.html Link to Document]

External Links

Rood Michigan Web Page

Rood ResearcherID

Rood LinkedIn

Wunderground Blog


Ref 1 ResearcherID

Ref 2 Google Scholar Lin+Rood+Dynamical+Core

Ref 3 Paul Edwards, A Vast Machine, Page 326 (Google Scholar Reference )


Ref 5 Climate Computing

Ref 6 GCN

Ref 7 Capacity Modeling

Ref 8 Advancing Modeling

Ref 9 Nate Silver The Signal and the Noise, Page 379

Ref 10 Globe and Mail

Ref 11 Washington Post

Ref 12 AMS Fellows

Ref 13 Gerbier Award


Ricky Rood's Climate Change Blog wiki