A forward-thinking approach to climate science
Climate research at the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics (UTIG) concerns processes relevant to future global change as well as the analysis of past climate over time scales from years to millions of years. Problems of interest concern the mechanisms responsible for abrupt climate change, decade to century-scale climate variability, dissipation of wind and tidal energy in the global ocean, and the quantification of modeling uncertainties. This research requires the analysis of satellite, instrumental, and geochemical-based climate proxy data using high-resolution computational models.
Mission: To synthesize what can be learned from observations, theory, and advanced simulations to increase confidence in projections of climate.
Approach: Confidence will come from understanding and testing the mechanisms responsible for climate change. Our efforts will be integrated using tools of uncertainty quantification to determine the strength of observational evidence to test hypotheses and models.