William Gutowski

William Gutowski

Professor
Synoptic Meteorology, Global Climate Change
3021 Agronomy
Dept. of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011
515-294-5632
Email: gutowski@iastate.edu 

Education
BS, Yale, Astronomy and Physics, 1976
PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Meteorology, 1984

Research
Dr. Gutowski’s research concentrates on the role of atmospheric dynamics in climate. Central focuses are the dynamics of the hydrologic cycle and regional climate. Because processes on a wide range of spatial and temporal scales are important for both of these, his research program entails a variety of modeling and data analysis approaches. His work includes regional modeling of African, Arctic and East Asian climates and has significant collaboration with scientists in these regions. Much of his work is through the Regional Climate Modeling Laboratory (PIRCS), which he coordinates with Dr. Eugene Takle and Dr. Ray Arritt (Agronomy Department).

Courses
Meteorology 452/552
Physics of Climate
Exploration of the fundamental physical principles that govern climate systems of the earth and other planets.  Emphasis on coupled, nonlinear-system interactions of physical processes, starting with fairly simple 0- and 1-dimensional analytical and numerical models.  Virtual classroom environment for linking with students at other universities, in part through lab sessions on climate modeling.   Further sessions on the observed, seasonally evolving weather patterns that form climates, to complement theory development.

Meteorology 454
Dynamic Meteorology II
Planetary boundary layer, linear perturbation theory, atmospheric wave motions, baroclinic and convective instability, mesoscale circulations.

Meteorology 404/504
Global Change
Recent changes in global biogeochemical cycles and climate; models of future changes in the climate system; impacts of global change on agriculture, water resources and human health; ethical issues of global environmental change.
(Cross-listed with Agron, Env S, EnSci, online version of 404 offered alternate years)

Active Research Grants
Maslowski, W., and Collaborators (including W. Gutowski), 2011: Type 2 – L02170246 Collaborative Proposal: Improving Decadal Prediction of Arctic Climate Variability and Change Using a Regional Arctic System Model (RASM). NSF/DOE/USDA EaSM Program, funded by DOE.

Bennett, D. A., N. Basu, W. J. Gutowski, M. Muste, J. L. Schnoor and S. Secchi, 2011: CNH: People, Water, and Climate: Adaptation and Resilience in Agricultural Watersheds. NSF (ISU subcontract from University of Iowa).

Buja, L., B. G. Brown, W. J. Gutowski and D. N. Yates, 2012: Collaborative Research: EaSM2: Advanced Climate and Regional Model Validation for Societal Applications. National Science Foundation.

Gutowski, W. J., B. Hewitson and R. Benestad, 2013: CORDEX Empirical/Statistical Downscaling Workshops: Establishing a Foundation for Climate-Stakeholder Interaction in Africa. National Science Foundation.

Gutowski, W.J., K. Franz, J. Goodwin, C. R. Rehmann, W. W. Simpkins, L. Tesfatsion, A. Wanamaker, 2013: Water and Climate Change (WACC): Building Community Consensus for a Sustainable Future for Iowa and the World. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Strategic Research Initiative.

Selected Refereed Reports
Collins, M., R. Knutti, J. M. Arblaster, J.-L. Dufresne, T. Fichefet, P. Friedlingstein, X. Gao, W. J. Gutowski, T. Johns, G. Krinner, M. Shongwe, C. Tebaldi, A. J. Weaver, M. Wehner, 2014: Long-term Climate Change: Projections, Commitments and Irreversibility. In: Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis. Contribution of Working Group I to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. [Stocker, T. F., D. Qin, G.-K. Plattner, M. M.B. Tignor, S. K. Allen, J. Boschung , A. Nauels, Y. Xia, V. Bex, P. M. Midgley (eds).] Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA.

Hornberger, G. M., E. Bernhardt, W. E. Dietrich, D. Entekhabi, G. E. Fogg, E. Foufoula-Georgiou, W. J. Gutowski, W. B. Lyons, K. W. Potter, S. W. Tyler, H. J. Vaux, C. J. Vorosmarty, C. Welty, C. A. Woodhouse, C. Zheng, 2012: Challenges and Opportunities in the Hydrologic Sciences, Water Science and Technology Board, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC, 173 pp.

Schwartz, H. G., A. C. Clark, G. E. Dickey, G. C. Eads, R. E. Gallamore, G. Giuliano, W. J. Gutowski, R. H. Iwasaki, K. H. Jacob, T. R. Karl, R. J. Lempert, L. Paiewonsky, S. G. H. Philander, C. R. Zeppie, 2008: The Potential Impacts of Climate Change on U.S. Transportation, Transportation Research Board Special Report 290, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC, 218 pp.

Selected Refereed Publications
Steinweg, C., and W. J. Gutowski, 2014: Projected Changes in Greater St. Louis Summer Heat Stress in NARCCAP Simulations. Weather, Climate and Society (submitted).

Glisan, J., and W. J. Gutowski, 2014: WRF Winter Extreme Daily Precipitation over the CORDEX Arctic. Journal of Geophysical Research (accepted).

Glisan, J., and W. J. Gutowski, 2014: WRF Summer Extreme Daily Precipitation over the CORDEX Arctic. Journal of Geophysical Research, 119 [DOI:10.1002/2013JD020697].

Nkrumah, F. , N. Klutse, D. Adukpo, K. Owusu, K. Quagraine, A. Owusu and W. Gutowski, 2014: Rainfall Variability over Ghana: Model versus Rain Gauge Observation. International Journal of Geosciences, 5, 673-683. [DOI: 10.4236/ijg.2014.57060].

Browne Klutse, N. A., K. Owusu, D. C. Adukpo, F. Nkruma, K. Quagraine, A. Owusu, W. J. Gutowski, 2013: Farmer’s observation on climate change impacts on maize (Zea mays) production in a selected agro-ecological zone in Ghana. Research Journal of Agriculture and Environmental Management, 2, 394-402.

Glisan, J., W. J. Gutowski, J. J. Cassano and M E. Higgins, 2013: Effects of Spectral Nudging in WRF on Arctic Temperature and Precipitation Simulations. Journal of Climate, 26, 3985-3999 [DOI: 10.1175/JCLI-D-12-00318.1].

Kawazoe, S., and W. J. Gutowski, 2013: Regional, Extreme Daily Precipitation in CMIP5 Simulations. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 14, 1228-1242.

Kawazoe, S., and W. J. Gutowski, 2013: Regional, Extreme Daily Precipitation in NARCCAP Simulations. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 14, 1212-1227.

Mearns, L. O., S. Sain, L. R. Leung, M. S. Bukovsky, S. McGinnis, S. Biner, D. Caya, R.W. Arritt, W. J. Gutowski, E. S. Takle, M. Snyder, R. .G. Jones, A.M.B. Nunes, S. Tucker, D. Herzmann, L. McDaniel and L. Sloan, 2013: Climate Change Projections of the North American Regional Climate Change Assessment Program (NARCCAP). Climatic Change, 120, 965-975 [DOI: 10.1007/s10584-013-0831-3].

Glisan, J., W. J. Gutowski, J. J. Cassano and M E. Higgins, 2013: Effects of Spectral Nudging in WRF on Arctic Temperature and Precipitation Simulations. Journal of Climate (in press).

Kawazoe, S., and W. J. Gutowski, 2013: Regional, Extreme Daily Precipitation in NARCCAP Simulations. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 14, 1212-1227.

Mearns, L.O., R. Arritt, S. Biner, M. S. Bukovsky, S. McGinnis, S. Sain, D. Caya, J. Correia Jr., D. Flory, W. Gutowski, E S. Takle, R. Jones, R. Leung, W. Moufouma-Okia, L. McDaniel, A. M. B. Nunes, Y. Qian, J. Roads, L. Sloan and M. Snyder, 2013: Response to R. Pielke, Sr. Commentary on Mearns et al. 2012. Bulletin of the Amer. Meteor. Soc., 94, 1077-1078.

Vera, C., W. Gutowski, C. R. Mechoso, B. N. Goswami, C. Reason, C. D. Thorncroft, J. A. Marengo, B. Hewitson, H. Hendon, C. Jones and P. Lionello, 2012: Understanding and Predicting Climate Variability and Change at Monsoon Regions. In Climate Science for Serving Society: Research, Modelling and Prediction Priorities, G. R. Asrar and J. W. Hurrell, Eds. Springer, 273-306.

Mearns, L.O., R. Arritt, S. Biner, M. S. Bukovsky, S. McGinnis, S. Sain, D. Caya, J. Correia Jr., D. Flory, W. Gutowski, E S. Takle, R. Jones, R. Leung, W. Moufouma-Okia, L. McDaniel, A. M. B. Nunes, Y. Qian, J. Roads, L. Sloan and M. Snyder, 2012: The North American Regional Climate Change Assessment Program: Overview of Phase I Results. Bulletin of the Amer. Meteor. Soc., 93, 1337-1362.

Fisel, B. J., W. J. Gutowski, Jr., J. M. Hobbs, and J. J. Cassano, 2011: Multiregime states of Arctic atmospheric circulation. Journal of Geophysical Research, 116, D20122, doi:10.1029/2011JD015790.

Abiodun, B. J., W. J. Gutowski, A. A. Abatan, and J. M. Prusa, 2011: CAM-EULAG: A Non-hydrostatic atmospheric climate model with grid stretching. Acta Geophysica, 59, 1158-1167 [DOI: 10.2478/s11600-011-0032-2].

Gbobaniyi, E.O., B. J. Abiodun, M. A. Tadross, B. C. Hewitson and W. J. Gutowski, 2011: The coupling of cloud base height and surface fluxes: a transferability intercomparison. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 106, 189-210 [DOI: 10.1007/s00704-011-0421-0].

Prusa, J. M., and W. J. Gutowski, 2011: Multi-scale waves in sound-proof global simulations with EULAG. Acta Geophysica, 59, 1135-1157 [DOI: 10.2478/s11600-011-0050-0].

Boberg, F., P. Berg, P. Thejll, W. J. Gutowski and J. H. Christensen, 2010: Improved confidence in climate changeprojections of precipitation further evaluated using daily statistics from ENSEMBLES models. Clim. Dynamics, 35, 1509-1520 [DOI:10.1007/s00382-009-0683-8].

Gutowski, W. J., R. W. Arritt, S. Kawazoe, D. M. Flory, E. S. Takle, S. Biner, D. Caya, R. G. Jones, R. Laprise, L. R. Leung, L. O. Mearns, W. Moufouma-Okia, A. M. B. Nunes, Y. Qian, J. O. Roads, L. C. Sloan, and M. A. Snyder, 2010: Regional, Extreme Monthly Precipitation Simulated by NARCCAP RCMs. J. Hydrometeor., 11,1373-1379 [DOI: 10.1175/2010JHM1297.1].

Takle, E. S., M. Jha, E. Lu, R. W. Arritt, W. J. Gutowski, Jr., and the NARCCAP Team, 2010: Streamflow in the Upper Mississippi River Basin as simulated by SWAT driven by 20C results of global climate models and NARCCAP regional climate models. Meteorologische Zeitschrift, 19, 341-346.

Francis, J.A., J. J. Cassano, W. J. Gutowski, Jr., L. D. Hinzman, M. M. Holland, M. A. Steele, D. M. White and C. J. Vörösmarty, 2009: An Arctic hydrologic system in transition: Feedbacks and impacts on terrestrial, marine, and human life. J. Geophys. Res., 114, G04019 [DOI:10.1029/2008JG000902].

Mearns, L. O., W. J. Gutowski, R. Jones, L.-Y. Leung, S. McGinnis, A. M. B. Nunes, Y. Qian, 2009: A regional climate change assessment program for North America. EOS, 90, 311-312.

Pryor, S.C., R.J. Barthelmie, D.T. Young, E. S. Takle, R. W. Arritt, D. Flory, W. J. Gutowski, Jr., A. Nunes, and J. Roads, 2009: Wind speed trends over the contiguous United States. J. Geophys. Res., 114, D14105 [DOI:10.1029/2008JD011416].

Wang, S.-Y., R. R. Gillies, E. S. Takle and W. J. Gutowski, 2009: Evaluation of precipitation in the Intermountain Region as simulated by the NARCCAP regional climate models. Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L11704 [DOI:10.1029/2009GL037930].

Complete Publications

Invited Presentations

Pictures  from my family’s stay in South Africa (July 2001 – January 2002) during my sabbatical at the University of Cape Town.

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