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

Peter Snyder | 612-625-8209SWAC - peter snyder 2

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:

Liess, S., A. Kumar, P. K. Snyder, J. Kawale, K. Steinhaeuser, F. Semazzi, A. Ganguly, N. Samatova, and V. Kumar. Different Modes of Variability over the Tasman Sea: Implications for Regional Climate. 2014, In Press to Journal of Climate.

Drewniak, B., P. K. Snyder, A. Steiner, T. E. Twine, and D. Wuebbles. Simulated changes in isoprene emissions from habitat expansion of Acer Rubrum (Red Maple). Environmental Research Letters, Vol. 9, 2014, 1-10. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/9/1/014006.

Harding, K., P. K. Snyder, S. Liess. Use of Dynamical Downscaling to Improve the Simulation of Central U.S. Precipitation in CMIP5 Models. Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres, VOL. 118 (22), pp. 12,522-12536. doi:10.1002/2013JD019994, 2013.

Snyder, P. K. Concerns over Arctic warming grow. Nature Climate Change (News & Views), 2013, Vol. 3(6), 539-540. doi:10.1038/nclimate1914.

Snyder, P. K. and S. Liess. The simulated atmospheric response to expansion of the Arctic boreal forest biome. Climate Dynamics, Vol. 42(1-2), pp. 487-503. DOI 10.1007/s00382-013-1746-4.

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. Journal of Hydrometeorology, Vol. 13, 2012, 1687-1703. DOI: 10.1175/JHM-D-11-099.1.

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

Liess, S., P. K. Snyder, and K. J. Harding*. The effects of boreal forest expansion on the summer Arctic frontal zone. Climate Dynamics, Vol 38, 2012, 1805-1827. DOI: 10.1007/s00382-011-1064-7.

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

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, 2009, Vol. 461, 24 September, 472-475. DOI: 10.1038/461472a.