Jeff Basara is an associate professor at the University of Oklahoma and has a joint appointment between the School of Meteorology and the School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science. His specific research interests are focused on the integration of our understanding across weather, climate, water, and ecosystems with a specific focuses on processes that drive environmental extremes and associated impacts. This includes (flash) drought, excessive precipitation and floods, land-atmosphere interactions, the physical processes which impact the development of the planetary boundary layer, urban meteorology, severe weather, and the development, validation, and improvement of instrumentation and models that improve monitoring and predictability of extreme events.
Flash droughts develop fast, and when they hit at the wrong time, they can devastate a region’s agriculture. They’re also becoming increasingly common as the planet warms. In a new study published May 25, 2023, we found that the risk of flash droughts, which can develop in the span of a few weeks, is on pace to rise in every major agriculture […]