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Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture

Weather and Climate: Landscapes of the Sierra Nevada Dec 4

Posted on December 4, 2014
Filed Under North Tahoe Events

Sierra Ski and Cycle Works Gary Bell skiing Mt TallacBenjamin Hatchett from the University of Nevada Reno, Nevada State Climate Office will present Weather and Climate: Investigating Past and Future Landscapes of the Sierra Nevada at 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 4 at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences.

Learn how the climate impacts our snow pack and adventures like this shot above Emerald Bay with Gary Bell or Sierra Ski and Cycle Works.

Mountain areas are sensitive indicators of how weather and climate affect the landscape. The Sierra Nevada as seen today is the result of countless years of geologic and climatic alteration. Changes occur on timescales from singular events, such as floods, to hundreds or thousands of years, as deviations in Earth’s orbit vary patterns of precipitation and evaporation.  Past environments characterized by ice ages or droughts leave clues that are etched into the mountain slopes, forests, lake shorelines, lake bottoms, and river channels. These records remain today for us to uncover in the field, laboratory, and through computer modeling efforts.

Understanding of how the Sierra Nevada has responded to past changes in global and regional climate will aid our progress towards developing a resilient and sustainable mountain, one that maintains and improves our local prosperity, biodiversity, and quality of life.

There are also major challenges and uncertainties around climate science. Gain awareness and appreciation of our local landforms and day-to-day weather that, over time, create our present day climate in the Lake Tahoe region and western Great Basin.

Benjamin Hatchett studies climate dynamics through the use of hydrologic and atmospheric numerical models and observational datasets. His current field efforts are focused on the termination of ice ages in the eastern Sierra Nevada. His demonstrations of ongoing weather and climate research in the Sierra Nevada and Great Basin help shape our understanding of the greater Earth system.

The program will begin at 6 p.m., with no-host bar from 5:30 – 6 p.m., at 291 Country Club Drive in Incline Village (between Tahoe Boulevard/SR 28 and Lakeshore Blvd.) on the campus of Sierra Nevada College.

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