AOS Research Staff Profile
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Address: 352 GFDL
Phone: (609) 452-6548
Email: skapnick at princeton.edu
Sarah Kapnick is a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Princeton University, where she has made important contributions to our understanding of hydroclimate variability and change. Her research focuses on the mechanisms controlling extreme storms and mountain snowpack. Dr. Kapnick’s work answers questions about extreme weather events and deviations in the climate system, which can result in mitigable disruptions, and thus are paramount to resource planning and development.
Dr. Kapnick’s research utilizes “big data” from both observations and models, to shed light on how the climate system has varied in the past, and what we might expect in the future. Her work has been published in academic journals and government reports and has been featured in media outlets such as The Washington Post, USA Today, CNN, and Refinery29.
Dr. Kapnick received her undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Princeton University and her Ph.D. from UCLA’s Department in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. Previously, she was an investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs.
Some Recent Publications:
Jia, L., Yang, Z., Vecchi, G.A., Gudgel, R., Delworth, T., Rosati, A., Stern, B., Wittenberg, A.T., Krishnamurthy, L., Zhang, S., Msadek, R., Kapnick, S., Underwood, S., Zeng, F., Anderson, W., Balaji, V., Dixon, K., 2015: Improved Seasonal Prediction of Temperature and Precipitation over Land in a High-Resolution GFDL Climate Model. In Press at Journal of Climate, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-14-00112.1.
Wrzesien, M., Pavelsky, T., Kapnick, S., Durand, M., and Painter, T., 2015: Validation of Snow Cover Fraction for Regional Climate Simulations in the Sierra Nevada. In Press at International Journal of Climatology.
Kapnick, S., Delworth, T., Ashfaq, M., Malyshev, S., and Milly, P.C.D., 2014: Snowfall less sensitive to warming in Karakoram than in Himalayas due to a unique seasonal cycle. Nature Geoscience, 7, 834-840, doi:10.1038/ngeo2269.
Vecchi, G.A., Delworth, T., Gudgel, R., Kapnick, S., Rosati, A., Zeng, F., Anderson, W., Balaji, V., Jia, L., Kim, H.-S., Krishnamurthy, L., Msadek, R., Stern, W.F., Underwood, S.D., Villarini,
G., Wittenberg, A.T., Yang, X., and Zhang S., 2014: On the Seasonal Forecasting of Regional Tropical
Cyclone Activity. Journal of Climate, 27, 7994-8016.
Kapnick, S., and T. Delworth, 2013: Controls of global snow under a changed climate. Journal of Climate, 26 (15), 5537–5562.
Pavelsky, T. M., S. Sobolowski, S. B. Kapnick, and Barnes, J. B., 2012: Changes in orographic precipitation patterns caused by a shift from snow to rain. Geophysical Research Letters, 39, L18706, doi:10.1029/2012GL052741.
Kapnick, S. and A. Hall, 2012: Causes of recent changes in western North American snowpack. Climate Dynamics, 38 (9), 1885-1899. doi:10.1007/s00382-011-1089-y.