University of Minnesota
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
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Department of Soil, Water, and Climate

Peter Snyder | 612-625-8209petersnyder

556 Borlaug Hall
1991 Upper Buford Circle
St. Paul, MN 55108-6028


B.S. 1989 University of California, Santa Barbara Geography
M.S. 1991 University of Georgia Geography
Ph.D. 2004 University of Wisconsin - Madison Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

I am an atmospheric scientist studying an array of research problems related to atmospheric physics, land-atmosphere interactions, hydrometeorology, climate change, and the biosphere. My research areas span the Arctic, the tropics, and North America. Particular research problems include the role of the Great Plains Low Level Jet on moisture transport and precipitation events in the upper Midwest, the role of climate change on the frequency of extreme events, the influence of Arctic warming on the boreal forest and feedback mechanisms, monitoring and mitigation of urban heat islands around the world, and the climate response to boreal afforestation for carbon sequestration. I use observations as well as global climate models, regional weather models, and land surface models to investigate these problems.

ESPM/GEOG 1425: The Atmosphere
LAAS 5425: Atmospheric Processes - I
LAAS 8195: Ecological Climatology

Graduate Programs:
Land and Atmospheric Science

Selected Publications:
Harding, K. J. and P. K. Snyder. Modeling the Atmospheric Response to Irrigation in the Great Plains. Part I: General Impacts of Precipitation and the Energy Budget, In Press to Journal of Hydrometeorology, In Press.

Harding, K. J. and P. K. Snyder. Modeling the Atmospheric Response to Irrigation in the Great Plains. Part II: The Precipitation of Irrigated Water and Changes in Precipitation Recycling, In Press to Journal of Hydrometeorology, In Press.

Anderson-Teixeira, K. J., P. K. Snyder, T.E. Twine, S.V. Cuadra, M.H. Costa, and E. H. DeLucia, 2012. Climate Regulation Services of Natural and Agricultural Ecoregions of the Americas, Nature Climate Change, doi:10.1038/nclimate1346, 2, 177-181.

Liess, S., P. K. Snyder, and K. J. Harding. The effects of boreal forest expansion on the summer Arctic frontal zone, doi: 10.1007/s00382-011-1064-7, Climate Dynamics, 2011.

Snyder, P.K. The influence of tropical deforestation on the Northern Hemisphere by atmospheric teleconnections, Earth Interactions, 14(4), 1-34. doi: 10.1175/2010EI280.1, 2010.

Rockström, J., W. Steffen, K. Noone, Å. Persson, F.S. Chapin, E.F. Lambin, T.M. Lenton, M. Scheffer, C. Folke, J. Schellnhuber, B. Nykvist, C.A. de Wit, T. Hughes, S. van der Leeuw, H. Rodhe, S. Sörlin, P.K. Snyder, R. Costanza, U. Svedin, M. Falkenmark, L. Karlberg, R.W. Corell, V.J. Fabry, J.Hansen, D. Liverman, K. Richardson, P. Crutzen, J.A. Foley. Planetary Boundaries: a Safe Operating Space for Humanity. Nature, Vol. 461, 24 September, pages 472-475, 2009.

Lyon, S., F. Dominguez, D. Gochis, N. Brunsell, C. Castro, F. Chow, D. Fuka, Y. Hong, P. Kucera, S. Nesbitt, Y. Fan, N. Salzmann, J. Schmidli, P. K. Snyder, A. Teuling, T. Twine, G. Lee, S. Levis, J. Lundquist, G. Salvucci, A. Sealy, T. Walter. Coupling terrestrial and atmospheric water cycle dynamics to improve prediction in a changing environment. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. Volume 89, No. 9, pages 1275-1279, 2008.

Foley, J.A., G.P. Asner, C. Barford, G. Bonan, S.R. Carpenter, M.T. Coe, R. DeFries, H.K. Gibbs, T. Holloway, E.A. Howard, C.J. Kucharik, C. Monfreda, J. Patz, N. Ramankutty, P.K. Snyder. Global consequences of land use. Science, volume 309, pages 570-574, 2005.

Snyder, P.K., J.A.Foley, M.H. Hitchman, C Delire. Analyzing the effects of complete tropical forest removal on the regional climate using a detailed three-dimensional energy budget: An application to Africa. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, volume 109, No. D21, D21102, DOI: 10.1029/2003JD004462, 2004.

Snyder, P.K., C. Delire, J.A. Foley. Evaluating the influence of different vegetation biomes on the global climate. Climate Dynamics, volume 23, pages 279-302, 2004.