The Climate Team carries out research to enable predictions and modeling of climate-scale trends in precipitation and temperature as they impact plant productivity. The relationship with the Plant Team cuts across all of the activities of the Climate Team.

The critical question that is being addressed is, how do seasonal-scale changes in temperature and precipitation affect the productivity of crops and the natural flora?

The Climate Team is considering changes that have occurred across temporal scales, from days to decades, and utilizing newly available high-resolution datasets as the basis for integrated and interdisciplinary climate and hydrology research.