Eric Hunt | August 23, 2018 AG Blog Update: Monitoring vegetation stress with the Evaporative Stress Index
In a new research article published in the Bulletin of American Meteorological Society, AER helped to define the proper meaning and use of the term flash drought. Given the increasing use of the term flash drought by the media and scientific community, the authors felt it was prudent to develop a consistent definition that can be used to identify these events and to understand their salient characteristics.
More than 40 years ago, Dr. Nien Dak Sze and his wife, Cecilia, founded Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER) to help governments and businesses better understand environmental risks and transform leading-edge science into new products and services. Today, our vision is the same, but our scope is wider. This November, we’ll mark the tenth anniversary of our acquisition by ISO, the predecessor company of Verisk Analytics. As we celebrate this significant milestone, we’re refreshing our logo to reflect our vision and our commitment to you, our customers. I’d like to share my thoughts on why we’re updating our logo and what it means to you.
Recent research has highlighted a spatial shift in the Corn Belt. While the spatial expansion to the northwest in the Corn Belt is evident, it was not clear if there has also been a corresponding shift in the highest yielding areas over time. During the 2012 flash drought that affected almost all of the traditional United States Corn Belt, there seemed to be media consensus that the highest yields will eventually be in states like Minnesota and South Dakota. Therefore, we extended previous work to determine whether such a hypothesis about the northward shift in the highest yielding districts has been concurrent with the spatial expansion of the Corn Belt. We found that northward shift in the highest yields is consistent with the overall shift in the Corn Belt, but what may have gone unnoticed is the equally significant westward shift in the highest yields. This short report quantifies some of the changes that have been observed over the Corn Belt since the early 1960’s.
Atmospheric and Environmental Research Inc. (AER) is proud to announce its important contributions to the upcoming 98th American Meteorological Society (AMS) Annual Meeting in Austin the week of January 7, 2018. AER researchers across a number of weather-related disciplines, along with co-authors at other top research institutions, will present their work in the poster and oral papers listed below (AER authors in bold type), including research in advanced data assimilation, radiative transfer modeling, environmental remote sensing, algorithm and ground system development, and numerical weather prediction.
Atmospheric and Environmental Research Inc (AER) is pleased to announce its participation in the 2017 AGU Fall Meeting in New Orleans the week of December 11. AER researchers across a number of geophysical disciplines, along with co-authors at other top research institutions, will present their work in the poster and oral papers listed below (AER authors in bold type), including research in flood mapping, physical oceanography, seasonal forecasting and climate, environmental remote sensing, air quality, and greenhouse gas transport, modeling, and monitoring.
At AER, we have been deeply engaged for decades in advancing many aspects of the fundamental scientific understanding of weather and climate. Our work is widely known as a definitive set of methods for evaluating the radiative properties of current and future atmospheres, and these methods are used every day in the world’s major weather forecast centers.