Oliver Elison Timm
My research interests are in two broad categories: Paleoclimate and impacts of future climate change on regional climate and the environment. Reconstructions of past climate variations allow climate scientists uncover a range of the natural spectrum of climate variability that goes beyond the time scales of our modern instrumental observation period. My current research is focused on three key questions:
- Have the natural modes of variability (that we are accustomed to from the current instrumental era) changed during past climates, and what is their natural range of variability?
- How can we identify and reconstruct modes of large-scale climate variability from individual and multiple proxy records?
- What external forcing factors and which internal feedback processes paced and controlled past global climate variations during the Holocene, Pleistocene and Pliocene?
Besides the paleoclimate research, I am interested in the regional aspects of projected future climate changes. At the center of my climate change downscaling research is the subtropical Pacific and the Hawaiian Islands. Further, I am interested in the application of statistical climate analysis and downscaling methods in connection with environmental impacts studies and public health in the northeast US.
Personal Page: http://www.atmos.albany.edu/facstaff/timm/