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Gabriel Vecchi

Houston's urban sprawl increased rainfall, flooding during Hurricane Harvey

Publish Date: 
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 1:00pm

Princeton and University of Iowa researchers found that Houston's urban landscape directly contributed to the torrential rainfall and deadly flooding of Hurricane Harvey in 2017. They report in the journal Nature that Houston's risk for extreme flooding was 21 times greater due to urbanization. The results highlight the human role in extreme weather events and the need to consider urban and suburban development when calculating hurricane risk. The research included co-author Gabriel Vecchi, professor of geosciences and the Princeton Environmental Institute, and was supported by the PEI Carbon Mitigation Initiative.

PEI-STEP Fellow Jane Baldwin receives AGU Outstanding Student Paper Award

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Monday, February 12, 2018 - 3:45pm

PEI-STEP fellow Jane Baldwin, a graduate student in Princeton's Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, received an Outstanding Student Paper Award at the American Geophysical Union's 2017 Fall Meeting in December.

Predicting snowpack in the West before the first flake falls

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 9:00am

New Princeton-NOAA research suggests that annual snowmelt in the American West can be predicted to the scale of a mountain range as early as March — some eight months before winter begins. The research has the potential to improve water-related decisions for numerous sectors, including agriculture, tourism and fire-control.

Birth of a storm in the Arabian Sea validates climate model

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 11:00am

Researchers from Princeton University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report in the journal Nature Climate Change that extreme cyclones that formed in the Arabian Sea for the first time in 2014 are the result of global warming and will likely increase in frequency. Their model showed that the burning of fossil fuels since 1860 would lead to an increase in the destructive storms in the Arabian Sea by 2015, marking one of the first times that modeled projections have synchronized with real observations of storm activity.

Farms, petroculture and the Environmental Nexus: Four new environmental studies courses and ENV 200 for Spring 2018

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Monday, December 4, 2017 - 12:00pm

Four new environmental studies courses and the popular "Environmental Nexus" class are among the many Spring 2018 classes from PEI's Certificate Program in Environmental Studies. Registration begins Dec. 6.

How global warming is drying up the North American monsoon

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 3:30pm

The North American monsoon that brings summer rains to the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico is facing a dramatic reduction, according to researchers from Princeton University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The researchers — who included Gabriel Vecchi of the Princeton Environmental Institute — used a new, high-resolution climate model that corrects for persistent sea-surface temperature biases.

Vecchi receives 2017 AGU Ascent Award

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 3:15pm

Gabriel VecchiGabriel Vecchi, Princeton University professor of geosciences and the Princeton Environmental Institute, was one of four scientists nationwide to receive a

New model helps predict regional and seasonal sea ice extent

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Monday, May 22, 2017 - 10:45am

Scientists including PEI's Gabriel Vecchi have developed a new method to forecast the extent of sea ice in some regions of the Arctic up to 11 months in advance. The method, which incorporates information about ocean temperatures and focuses on regions rather than the entire Arctic Sea, could help in the planning of activities ranging from shipping to oil and gas extraction, fishing and tourism.

Forecast: a Podcast About Climate Science and Climate Scientists

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 10:45am

Gabe Vecchi is a world-famous atmospheric scientist with a pretty simple attitude to making progress: In order to do something, you need to do it. And Gabe’s done a lot!

PEI Welcomes Four New Faculty Members

Publish Date: 
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 3:30pm

The Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) is pleased to welcome Gabriel Vecchi, Luc Deike, Laure Resplandy, and Xinning Zhang to the Princeton University faculty.

Gabriel Vecchi

Gabriel VecchieGabriel Vecchi joins the faculty as a professor with a joint appointment in PEI and the Department of Geosciences.