AOS Research Staff Profile
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Address: 352 GFDL
Phone: (609) 452-6548
Email: skapnick at princeton.edu
Dr. Sarah Kapnick is a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow exploring the predictability of extratropical storms. She is an expert on hydroclimate change and variability. Much of her research focuses on understanding the mechanisms controlling extreme storms and mountain snowpack. Dr. Kapnick’s research utilizes “big data” from both observations and models to better understand how the climate system has varied in the past, and what we should expect in the future. Her work has been published both in academic journals and government reports and has been featured in various media outlets, including The Washington Post, USA Today, CNN, and Refinery29.com. Dr. Kapnick received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University in Mathematics with a Certificate in Finance and her Ph.D. from UCLA’s Department in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.
Some Recent Publications:
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. AOP at Nature Geoscience, doi:10.1038/ngeo2269.
Wrzesien, M., Pavelsky, T., Kapnick, S., Durand, M., and Painter, T., 2014: Validation of Snow Cover Fraction for Regional Climate Simulations in the Sierra Nevada. In Press at International Journal of Climatology.
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. In Press at Journal of Climate.
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.