The NEWS Indicators Project will develop and test a set of specialized indicators of water and energy cycle variability that include ratios, durations of phenomena, seasonal phases, and metrics of extreme events. The hypothesis is that such indicators may be more effective than assessments of the primary fluxes in capturing water and energy cycle consequences of climate change. This integration team needs scientists who are knowledgeable about the various data products as well as indicator and statistics experts. The expected outcomes are identification of a set of water and energy cycle indicators that are determined to be sensitive to climate variability, which can be applied with modern observational datasets going forward, and one or more publications describing the indicators and any trends that they reveal.
Team Organizer: M. Rodell.