• Climate Assessment for East Africa and Arabian Sea

    Principals in Yale's Northeast Regional Climate Initiative -- Drs. Trude Storelvmo, William Boos, Matthew Huber, Robert DeConto and Mark Pagani -- present plans for a similar model for E. Africa and Arabia at a 3-day conference sponsored by the World Bank and the Nation of Djibouti, May 2-4.

  • Trophic Interactions Impacted Less by Climate Change Than Expected

    YCEI Postdoctoral Fellow Adam Rosenblatt and his principal adviser, Professor Os Schmitz, compared 2112 studies of how climate change variables impact predator-prey, herbivore-vegetation and related pairings in Climate Change Responses.

  • Another Solar Cell Breakthrough for Taylor/Hazari Team

    Xiaokai Li is lead author of an article in Nanoletters that explains how HF acid vapor treatment helps carbon nanotubes achieve record efficiency in converting light to electricity. Team collaboration began with a YCEI seed grant that previously yielded other solar cell design advances.

  • Yale Climate & Energy Institute Annual Newsletter

    Our first annual newsletter reviews six years of activity at YCEI that define a new hub for multidisciplinary research in climate and energy at Yale. View it online here, or request a printed copy.

  • Monsoon Information For Those Who Need It Most

    Asst. Professor Bill Boos has created a website to provide weather projections for monsoons, drenching seasonal storms that effect billions of people, many of whom are not served by weather forecasts. YCEI sponsors an international forum on monsoons, organized by Boos, this Spring.

Submitted by: Marta Jarzyna

The effects of climate change on biodiversity can be quantified by assessing vulnerability of species to changing climatic conditions. Such assessments usually include three elements: assessment of sensitivity, adaptive capacity, and potential exposure of individual species to climate change (Jarzyna et al. 2013, Foden et al. 2013). While sensitivity and adaptive capacity are generally determined by traits intrinsic to the species—physiological tolerance, behavioral traits, genetic diversity, dispersal abilities, or high reproductive rates—exposure is governed by the degree of climate change…

Submitted by: Srinath Krishnan

Extensive research has gone into understanding the response of global temperatures to increased CO2 emissions. However, not enough quantitative studies have investigated the time it takes for this response to manifest itself. Uncertainties in these estimates are due to uncertainties in the understanding of the effects of equilibrium climate sensitivity, carbon cycling and thermal inertia of oceans, which all act to modulate the temperature response to increased greenhouse gases. A recent study published in a current issue of Env. Research Letters by Ricke and Caldeira…

by Eric Ellman

The question of why it rains, when and where it rains in the tropics is one of the remaining mysteries of earth science, says Yale Assistant Professor…

Professor Bill Boos explains plans for an April 17-18 workshop that convenes atmospheric dynamicists and social scientists from Asia, Africa, Australia and N. America to share their understanding of monsoons, continental scale weather systems upon which billions of people’s lives depend.