The University of Wisconsin–Madison is a world leader in climate research, including active research in climate modeling, regional climate modeling, remote sensing, ecology, agronomy and plant sciences, health, and Extension. The Wisconsin State Climatology Office is poised to be a valuable partner in these efforts.
Recent Research Highlights
Provides improved statistics of extreme precipitation in Wisconsin; calculates extreme precipitation estimates for the present climate and projections for future climates.
Analysis showing extreme heat in Wisconsin has been weakening during daytime relative to nighttime.
Future Research Topics
Is Wisconsin becoming snowier?
The data suggest that the state has experienced a pronounced increase in annual snowfall since records began in the late 1800s, but are the data reliable or is this trend an artifact of changing methods for measuring snowfall?
Why hasn’t Wisconsin experienced more extreme summer (daytime) heat as the climate has warmed?
Is the absence of a trend explained by human land-use changes, due to intensifying agricultural production causing more evapotranspiration from crops (so-called “corn sweat”)?
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