The 2015 Goldshmidt Conference in Prague, August 16-21 is now accepting abstracts. Deadline is April 2.
formerly “Climate Science” this has been updated in recognition of the fact that ALL of our articles, events, etc. involve climate sciience. ”Climate change” is intended to suggest changing elements of the climate: e.g., shifts in global oceanic and atmospheric circulation and ensuing changes to temperature, precipitation, groundwater levels, saltwater intrusion.
Drought powerfully impacts ecological and agricultural systems, and in many areas is expected to increase in severity as a result of climate change. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor (http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/), parts of California and Texas currently suffer from “exceptional drought.” Are these droughts temporary abnormalities or are they the new normal in western parts of the U.S.? A new study by Benjamin Cook and colleagues aims to shed light on this question.
The authors used 17 different general…
Dr. Raymond Bradley is Director of the Northeast Climate Center at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and one of the world’s leading authorities on earth’s surface temperatures over the past several thousand years.
Yale economist Robert Mendehlson is a leading authority on resource economics, which involves valuation of environmental goods and services. He co-invented the Ricardian technique which measures the climate sensitivity of agriculture. He comments here on the importance and remaining mystery of monsoons, and their enormous importance to billions of people.
Salmon are an iconic Pacific Ocean species upon which millions of people’s livelihoods depend. Their epic migrations link marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems, transporting nutrients from the oceans to hundreds of miles upstream. Salmon enhance the productivity of rivers and terrestrial ecosystems, but populations have been over-fished and cut off from their habitat. A new study by Munoz, et al. suggests that climate change further threatens remaining stocks.
The authors investigated the ability…
Ray Bradley is Director of the Climate System Research Center at the University of Massachusetts, and a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Geosciences. Ray is most famous for his efforts to reconstruct the temperature record over the last 1000 years. In this talk he looks at the issue of recent change and future change in the context of the past. His talk reviews how Milankovitch cycles explain a long and gradual decline in Arctic temperatures from the early Holocene, when orbital forcings were responsible for summertime temperatures approximately 2 degrees warmer th
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…
Jon Egill Kristjansson reviews his work on aerosols, their influence on cloud formation, and how the level at which those clouds forms determines the radiative effect on earth’s climate system. He reviews four approaches to Radiative Management (RM), ie., that part of geoengineering which relates to atmospheric manipulation of albedo to combat global warming, and shares model projections on how that impacts what matters more to human survival than temperature increase, ie., the availability of water through impacts to the hydrological cycle.