My group is working on improving weather and
climate prediction by pushing the envelope of high-resolution
Although we get some grant support, it
generally does not support the most innovative work and
applied work, including testing new ideas that are unproven or
out of the mainstream. It also does not provide funds
for hiring undergraduates to assist in research, something
that not only helps them afford college, but can change the
direction of their lives.
A major, currently unfunded project is to
determine the regional implications of climate change, a topic
that is somewhat too applied and local for national granting
agencies. We got a good start on this work with support
from Amazon, but that support is over now. In this
project we are running 12 high resolution climate runs from
1970-2100 for the Northwest to determine the local changes
accompanying increases in greenhouse gases (see sample
below). Only with such information can our region understand
and prepare for climate change.
You can greatly help my group's efforts by
contributing to the Cliff
Mass Weather Research Fund, which is a tax-deductible
fund at the University of Washington. You can get to
that fund by clicking on the link
or going to:
Here are some recent examples of contributions in action:
1. A local foundation gave funds to hire an
undergraduate to complete a comprehensive climatology of winds
around the proposed coal terminal near Bellingham.
2. Contributions were used to send one of my students to a research conference.
3. Funds were used to replace some defection hard disks on our local weather prediction system.