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Department of Soil, Water, and Climate

Peter Snyder

pksnyder@umn.edu | 612-625-8209petersnyder
www.tc.umn.edu/~pksnyder/

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


Education:

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 a climate scientist studying the interactions between the atmosphere and the biosphere using models and observations. A goal of my research is to quantify a variety of feedbacks that can amplify or dampen the effects of climate change. In particular, I am interested in the influence of land use and land cover change on the climate and how climate change can in turn affect the biosphere. My research is centered on three large regions of the Earth - the Arctic boreal forest and tundra ecosystems, the tropical forests of South America, Africa, and Southeast Asia, and the agro-ecosystems of North America. Using a large high performance computing cluster, I run a variety of global and regional climate and forecasting models as well as dynamic global vegetation models to explore the interactions between the atmosphere and the land surface. I also use observations to validate my models as well as data analysis techniques to identify climate and biosphere changes around the globe. Please visit my home page for further information.

Classes:
ESPM/GEOG-1425 : The Atmosphere
ESPM-3000 : Social and Scientific Issues of Climate Change
SOIL-5480 : Atmospheric Processes - I
SOIL-8110 : Topics in Land-Atmosphere Modeling

Graduate Programs:
Soil Science
Land and Atmospheric Science

Selected Publications:
P.K. Snyder. The influence of tropical deforestation on the Northern Hemisphere climate by atmospheric teleconnections. Earth Interactions. In Press.

J. Rockström, 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.

J. Rockström, 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: Exploring the Safe Operating Space for Humanity. Ecology and Society, Vol. 14(2), 2009.

S. Lyon, 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. 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. Pages 1275-1279, September, 2008.

J.A. Foley, G.P. Asner, M.H. Costa, M.T. Coe, R. DeFries, H.K. Gibbs, E.A. Howard, S. Olson, J. Patz, N. Ramankutty, P.K. Snyder. Amazonia revealed: forest degradation and loss of ecosystem goods and services in the Amazon Basin. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, volume 5, pages 25-32, 2007.

N. Ramankutty, C. Delire, P.K. Snyder. Feedbacks between agriculture and climate: An illustration of the potential unintended consequences of human land use activities. Global and Planetary Change, Special Issue on Land-use/land-cover change and its impact on climate, volume 54, pages 79-93, 2006.

J.A. Foley, 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.

P.K. Snyder, 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.

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

J.A. Foley, M.H. Costa, C. Delire, N. Ramankutty, P.K. Snyder. Green Surprise? How Terrestrial Ecosystems Could Affect the Future of Earth’s Climate. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, volume 1, pages 38-44, 2003.