Kerstin Kleese van Dam PNNL’s Kleese van Dam makes sense of the data landscape

On long walks in the desert near Richland, Wash., it’s easy for Kerstin Kleese van Dam to imagine the vast expanses of sagebrush and tumbleweeds as immeasurable points of data stretching to the horizon. It’s a notion with which she is familiar.

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Researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory, University of New Mexico and other institutions drill beneath South Mountain Lake in the Valles Caldera National Preserve to uncover a history of climate conditions as they existed between 360,000 and 550,000 years ago. The research indicates that the Southwestern United States could be in for cooler, wetter weather unless climate conditions are thwarted by greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere.Dry lake reveals evidence of Southwestern 'megadroughts'

Cooling trend could be on the way unless thwarted by greenhouse gasses. There's an old saying that if you don't like the weather in New Mexico, wait five minutes. Maybe it should be amended to 10,000 years, according to new research.

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  • Number 333  |
  • March 21, 2011