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Sarah Larson

Assistant Professor

NC State University

Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences

Area(s) of Expertise

My research interests focus on untangling fundamental drivers of climate variability and predictability. I concentrate primarily on how different atmosphere-ocean processes generate large-scale changes in atmospheric and oceanic circulation and temperature. I test my hypotheses by designing model experiments that require computationally-intensive complex climate models and observationally-based datasets. Recently, I am interested in how the variations in atmospheric winds blowing on the ocean surface impact the heat budget of the ocean and the predictability of El Niño and La Niña events. Understanding these fundamental atmosphere-ocean processes are essential to providing a baseline for expectations in a warming climate.