Student-Faculty Dinner Discussion: “Using Climate Science to Understand Water, Extreme Weather and Economic Growth,” Sarah Kapnick
Speaker: Sarah Kapnick, physical scientist at NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
Sarah Kapnick ’04 focuses her research on understanding the physical climate related to water, known as hydroclimate. She seeks to quantify the variability and predictability of precipitation, mountain snowpack and runoff. Her interests also include the broader impacts of weather and climate, with the goal of using climate information to build a more resilient society. Her interest in the financial impacts of weather and climate stem from her previous career in investment banking in New York City and her experience working at start-ups in California. Kapnick serves as an associate editor of Water Resources Research. She is the 2017 recipient of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Albritton Outstanding Science Communicator Award and the 2015 American Geophysical Union Cryosphere Early Career Award. She has been a research physical scientist for NOAA since 2015. Her previous research appointments include serving as a visiting scientist at the University of Hamburg; a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow; and a visiting scientist in Princeton’s Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. She received her Ph.D. in atmospheric and oceanic sciences with a certificate from the Institute of Environment and Sustainability from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2011, and her bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a certificate in finance from Princeton in 2004.
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