In the News

In The News articles are short summaries written by our postdoctoral fellows of recently published work or news events that are relevant to Postdoctoral, graduate, or faculty research

Contributor(s): Jonathan Mellor
A presumed benefit of global warming is the assumption that warmer winter temperatures might decrease excessive winter deaths (EWDs) common in temperate climates. EWDs are defined as the difference between the number of deaths in a region during winter months (December – March) and the average of...
Contributor(s): Adam Wilson
After much of the U.S. experienced an unusually long and cold winter, many ask whether climate change is still happening.  There has, in fact, been little change in global mean annual temperature since the early 2000s leaving scientists struggling to figure out where the heat associated with...
Contributor(s): Maria Andrea Pinones
Recently analyzed ice core data from West Antarctica confirms warming since 1957, but shows two other warming episodes over the past three centuries suggesting that anthropogenic influences are within the range of natural variation of climate there. Elizabeth Thomas and collaborators’ study focused...
Contributor(s): Xavier Levine
Earth’s surface shows large zonal asymmetries, i.e., surface properties vary greatly in longitude, and these asymmetries greatly impact the dynamics of the overlying atmosphere. These asymmetries can be broadly characterized by whether they primarily affect the atmosphere through mechanical or...
Contributor(s): Adam Wilson
A recent study published in Global and Planetary Change demonstrates cost-saving opportunities in the otherwise computationally expensive process of high-resolution climate modeling.  General Circulation Models (GCMs, occasionally also referred to as ‘global climate models’) are extremely useful...
Contributor(s): Jordan Lang
The power grid is a massively complicated network of generators, power converters, and transmission lines controlled through the cooperation of numerous private corporations and local and international agencies. Grid operators rely on long and short-term “to-the-minute” weather predictions and...
Contributor(s): Adam Rosenblatt
Many species of plants and animals have declined in abundance and distribution or become extinct because of anthropogenic changes to the environment. Mangroves, trees that form dense coastal forests in tropical and subtropical areas, have declined in areal coverage by approximately one third since...

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