Dr. Jason Furtado

EPSCoR Research Focus: 
Changing Subseasonal to Seasonal (S2S) Weather Patterns
Asst. Professor
School of Meteorology
University of Oklahoma
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B.S. | Meteorology | Mathematics | Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, VT | 2002
M.S. | Atmospheric Science | Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO | 2005
Ph.D. | Earth & Atmospheric Sciences | Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA | 2010
Research Interests: 

Dr. Jason Furtado, assistant professor of meteorology at University of Oklahoma, is a member of the OK NSF EPSCoR Track-1 RII Award titled Socially Sustainable Solutions for Water, Carbon, and Infrastructure Resilience in Oklahoma. The $20 million research project is a social science-led, multi-disciplinary collaboration among social, physical, biological, engineering, and computational scientists. More than thirty researchers from across the state are working together on the project, which began July 1, 2020.

Dr. Furtado's research interests focus on improving sub-seasonal and seasonal forecasts of temperature and precipitation, enhancing understanding of decadal-scale projections of climate/climate trends, assessing the fidelity of coupled climate models in reproducing the Earth physical climate system, and providing quantitative and qualitative information for stakeholders (e.g., resource managers, city planners, general public) to enable better preparedness for extreme weather and future climate change.

Dr. Furtado's work on the OK NSF EPSCoR project addresses Focus Area 1: Changing Subseasonal to Seasonal (S2S) Weather Patterns. Change in both natural and human systems in Oklahoma is being driven by rapidly changing patterns of subseasonal to seasonal weather. These fluctuations include shifts in average and extreme precipitation and temperature on scales of 10-90 days. Changes are occurring in the context of competing social narratives of human activities' effect on climate, complicating recognition of and response to changing S2S patterns. Through his work with the S2S team, Dr. Furtado will seek to (a) better understand the basic processes driving changes in S2S patterns, (b) improve models and predictions of basic S2S process and events; and (c) develop data necessary for managing water, carbon and water cycles, and infrastructure in Oklahoma.

Learn more about the OK NSF EPSCoR research project. 

Key Publications: 
  • Green, M. R. and J. C. Furtado. 2019. Evaluating the Joint Influence of the Madden-Julian Oscillation and the Stratospheric Polar Vortex on Weather Pattern across the Northern Hemisphere. J. Geophys. Res. (in press). 
  • Flanagan, P. X., J. B. Basara, J. C. Furtado, and X. Xiao. 2018. Primary Atmospheric Drivers of Pluvial Years in the United States Great Plains. J. Hydrometeor. 19:643-658, https://doi.org/10.1175/JHM-D-17-0148.1. 
  • You, Y., and J. C. Furtado. 2017. The Role of South Pacific Atmospheric Variability in the Development of Different Types of ENSO. Geophys. Res. Lett. 44:7438–7446, doi:10.1002/2017GL073475. 
  • Furtado, J. C., J. Cohen, and E. Tziperman. 2016. The Combined Influences of Autumnal Snow and Sea Ice on Northern Hemisphere Winters. Geophys. Res. Lett. 43. doi: 10.1002/2016GL068108. 
  • Anderson. B. T., D. J. S. Gianotti, G. Salvucci, and J. C. Furtado. 2016. Dominant Timescales of Potentially Predictable Precipitation Variations across the Continental United States. J. Climate, 29:8881–8897. doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-15-0635.1. 
  • Furtado, J. C., J. L. Cohen, A. H. Butler, E. E. Riddle, and A. Kumar. 2015. Eurasian Snow Cover Variability and Links to Winter Climate in the CMIP5 Models. Climate Dyn. 45:2591 2605. 
  • Cohen, J., J. A. Screen, J. C. Furtado, M. Barlow, D. Whittleston, D. Coumou, J. Francis, K. Dethloff, D. Entekhabi, J. Overland, and J. E. Jones. 2014. The Relationship between Recent Arctic Amplification and Extreme Mid-latitude Weather. Nature Geoscience. 7:627 637. 
  • Cohen, J. L., J. Jones, J. C. Furtado, and E. Tziperman. 2013. Warm Arctic, Cold Continents: A Common Pattern Related to Arctic Sea Ice Melt, Snow Advance, and Extreme Winter Weather. Oceanography. 26. http://dx.doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2013.70. 
  • Furtado, J. C., E. Di Lorenzo, B. T. Anderson, and N. Schneider. 2012. Linkages between the North Pacific Oscillation and Central Tropical Pacific SSTs at Low Frequencies. Climate Dyn. 39:2833 2846. 
  • Furtado, J. C., E. Di Lorenzo, N. Schneider, and N. Bond. 2011. North Pacific Decadal Variability and Climate Change in the IPCC AR4 models. J. Climate. 24:3049 3067.
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