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The Rio Grande near Los Alamos, New Mexico. We recently investigated the river’s paleoclimate history and how to improve its seasonal streamflow forecasts given decadal climate variability and change.

Flavio Lehner
Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, USA
flehner@ucar.edu  |  @ClimateFlavors  |  https://github.com/flehner

I’m a climate scientist at the Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science at ETH Zürich, Switzerland, and affiliated with the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, where I worked from 2014 to 2019. My interest is in interannual to centennial climate variability, how it imprints on regional weather and climate, and how it influences our ability to detect and attribute changes in climate. I focus on hydroclimate dynamics, ranging from large-scale atmospheric circulation and precipitation patterns to ocean-land-atmosphere interactions via moisture and energy fluxes.

Recently, an increasing number of my projects address the question “how do hydroclimate dynamics affect perceivable climate impacts, such as heat records, drought frequency, or water resource management?”

I enjoy working in teams and towards informing and solving real-world issues, be it through basic research, such as climate modeling, or more applied research, such as streamflow forecasting.

I have been helping the non-profit organization Polar Bears International in their field campaign aimed at educating students about the changing Arctic climate and by providing figures and charts on climate science for public outreach. Read more here.

I like traveling and spending time outside – some pictures from recent years can be found here.