Research

Understanding rainfall

Tim Herbert

“What we’re learning is that changing one thing in the climate system changes something else that maybe we weren’t expecting.”

September 27, 2012  |  By Kevin Stacey
Surface-dwelling algae adjust their biochemistry to surface temperatures. As they die and sink to the bottom, they build a sedimentary record of sea-surface temperature across millennia. Brown’s work on surface temperatures, coupled with work from Texas A&M on rainfall and weather patterns, has helped chart the wetter, lake-filled geological history of the currently arid American West.