Daniel Swain, PhD

NatureNet Postdoctoral Fellow

Institute of the Environment and Sustainability



dlswain@ucla.edu

LaKretz Hall, Suite 300
619 Charles E Young Dr. E
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Bio

Research Focus
As a climate scientist, I study the physics and dynamics of the Earth’s changing climate system. I’m especially interested in how global warming is affecting the character and causes of regional climate extremes—including the atmospheric phenomena responsible for droughts and floods in California. My research seeks to embrace “climate complexity” by accounting for the nuanced spatial and temporal characteristics of our planet’s response to increasing atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations.

Science Communication
I author the Weather West blog, which provides real-time perspectives on California and western North American weather and climate. I also engage extensively with journalists and other partners to facilitate scientifically informed yet broadly accessible media coverage surrounding climate change and other scientific topics.

Projects

The Future of Extreme Precipitation in California

Our researchers are investigating the effects of climate change on heavy precipitation events in the state. Specifically, we're focusing on atmospheric rivers, moisture-laden filaments of air that move across oceans and produce heavy precipitation when they make landfall. Understanding how atmospheric rivers are affected in a changing climate is key to smart water planning in the future.

Publications

Recent Amplification of the North American Winter Temperature Dipole

D. Singh, D. L. Swain, J. S. Mankin, D. E. Horton, L. N. Thomas, B. Rajaratnam, N. S. Diffenbaugh

Published Work | 2016 | Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres


Trends in Atmospheric Patterns Conducive to Seasonal Precipitation and Temperature Extremes in California

D. L. Swain, D.E. Horton, D. Singh, N. S. Diffenbaugh

Published Work | 2016 | Science Advances


Evaluation of Non-hydrostatic Simulations of Northeast Pacific Atmospheric Rivers and Comparison to In-situ Observations

D.L. Swain, B. Lebassi-Habtezion, N.S. Diffenbaugh

Published Work | 2015 | Monthly Weather Review


Anthropogenic Warming has Increased Drought Risk in California

N.S. Diffenbaugh, D.L. Swain, D. Touma

Published Work | 2015 | Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences


Contribution of Changes in Atmospheric Circulation Patterns to Extreme Temperature Trends

D.E. Horton, N.C. Johnson, D. Singh, D.L. Swain, B. Rajaratnam, N.S. Diffenbaugh

Published Work | 2015 | Nature


A tale of two California Droughts: Lessons Amidst Record Warmth and Dryness in a Region of Complex Physical and Human Geography

D. L. Swain

Published Work | 2015 | Geophysical Research Letters


The Extraordinary California Drought of 2013-2014: Character, Context, and the Role of Climate Change

D.L. Swain, M. Tsiang, M. Haugen, D. Singh, A. Charland, B. Rajaratnam, N.S. Diffenbaugh

Published Work | 2014 | Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society