Dr. Megan C. Kirchmeier-Young

Research Scientist

Research on climate extremes

Current research and/or projects

Activities that contribute to the understanding of the state, trends, variability, extremes, and future projections of climate at both global and regional scales.

  • Climate change detection and attribution at global and regional scales
  • Analysis and attribution of extreme events

Professional activities / interests

Zhang, X., Flato, G., Kirchmeier-Young, M., Vincent, L., Wan, H., Wang, X., Rong, R., Fyfe, J., Li, G., Kharin, V.V. (2019): Changes in Temperature and Precipitation Across Canada; Chapter 4 in Bush, E. and Lemmen, D.S. (Eds.) Canada’s Changing Climate Report. Government of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, pp 112-193.

Derksen, C., Burgess, D., Duguay, C., Howell, S., Mudryk, L., Smith, S., Thackeray, C. and Kirchmeier-Young, M. (2019): Changes in snow, ice, and permafrost across Canada; Chapter 5 in Canada’s Changing Climate Report, (ed.) E. Bush and D.S. Lemmen; Government of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, p. 194-260.

Education and awards

Ph.D. Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2015)

B.S. Meteorology, University of Oklahoma (2010)

Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society Roger Daley Post-Doctoral Publication Award

American Meteorological Society Graduate Fellowship

Key publications

Kirchmeier-Young, M. C., H. Wan, and X. Zhang, 2021: Anthropogenic contribution to the rainfall associated with the 2019 Ottawa River flood [in "Explaining Extreme Events of 2019 from a Climate Perspective"]. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 102, S33-S38. DOI: 10.1175/BAMS-D-20-0191.1

Gillett, N. P., M. Kirchmeier-Young, A. Ribes, H. Siogama, G. Hegerl, R. Knutti, G. Gastineau, J. G. John, L. Li, L. Nazarenko, N. Rosenbloom, O. Seland, T. Wu, S. Yukimoto, and T. Ziehn, 2021: Constraining human contributions to observed warming since the pre-industrial period. Nature Climate Change. DOI: 10.1038/s41558-020-00965-9.

Kirchmeier-Young, M. C. and X. Zhang, 2020: Human influence has intensified extreme precipitation in North America. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117, 13308-13313. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1921628117

Kirchmeier-Young, M. C., H. Wan, X. Zhang, and S. I. Seneviratne, 2019: Importance of framing for extreme event attribution: the role of spatial and temporal scales. Earth's Future, 7, 1192-1204. DOI:10.1029/2019EF001253.

Kirchmeier-Young, M. C., N. P. Gillett, F. W. Zwiers, A. J. Cannon, and F. S. Anslow, 2019: Attribution of the inuence of human-induced climate change on an extreme fire season. Earth's Future, 7, 2-10. DOI:10.1029/2018EF001050.

Kirchmeier-Young, M. C., F. W. Zwiers, N. P. Gillett, and A. J. Cannon, 2017: Attributing extreme fire risk in western Canada to human emissions. Climatic Change, 114, 365-379. DOI:10.1007/s10584-017-2030-0.

Gagne, M.-E., M. C. Kirchmeier-Young, N. P. Gillett, J. C. Fyfe, 2017: Arctic sea ice response to the eruptions of Agung, El Chichon and Pinatubo. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 122, 8071-8078. DOI:10.1002/2017JD027038

Kirchmeier-Young, M. C., F. W. Zwiers, and N. P. Gillett, 2017: Attribution of extreme events in Arctic sea ice extent. J. Climate., 30, 553-571. DOI: 10.1175/JCLI-D-16-0412.1

Kirchmeier-Young, M. C., D. J. Lorenz, and D. J. Vimont, 2016: Extreme event verification for probabilistic downscaling. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 55, 2411-2430. DOI: 10.1175/JAMC-D-16-0043.1

Kirchmeier, M. C., D. J. Lorenz, and D. J. Vimont, 2014: Statistical downscaling of daily wind speed variations. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 53, 660-675. DOI: 10.1175/JAMC-D-13-0230.1