Climate Change

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.

Global Warming Slows, But Only On the Surface

Global surface temperatures, which rose steadily during the end of the 20th century, have by some measures ceased to climb during the early 21st century. Since carbon dioxide emissions have certainly not decreased during this period, climate science detractors have held this as evidence that global warming is neither caused by human activities nor worth worrying about. A new study by Chen and…

Climate Changing the West Antarctic Food Web

The western Antarctic Peninsula is experiencing rapid climate change evidenced by warmer air temperatures, increased westerlies, glacial and ice shelf retreat, reduced sea ice cover and delayed time of sea ice formation.  The west Antarctic Peninsula food web shows influences of this rapid climate change: reduction in phytoplankton biomass, abundance of Antarctic krill and Adélie penguins have all been associated with changed environmental

Mapping Fungal Biogeography

Understanding fungal biogeography, the distribution of fungi, bacteria, and viruses, is key to understanding how ecosystems function. A thorough understanding of the ecological linkages between communities, their environment, and ecosystem function requires analysis across multiple spatial or temporal scales. In a recent study, Talbot et al. (2014) explored the taxonomic and functional distributions of fungi at the continental scale, with findings that…

Lifestyles of the High and Low GHG Emitters

Where should you live to most reduce your carbon footprint? It seems obvious that city life with smaller homes, mass transportation, and easy access to shops and restaurants is preferable to the suburbs with its cars and bigger homes. But how about the benefits of rural areas where people grow their food and live closer to the land? What about regional climate, income and energy price differences? A recent analysis by Jones and Kammen (2013)…

Meteorological Influences on Lyme Disease

Over the past two decades Lyme disease has emerged as the most common vector-borne disease in the United States. It is currently endemic in at least 12 states, from Virginia in the South to Maine in the North, and Minnesota and Wisconsin in the West. The majority of cases are believed to be transmitted by nymphal ticks during late spring and early summer months of June, July, and August. Control methods currently focus on the…

South Australia Drought Attributed to Climate Change

Recent precipitation declines over the poleward and western margins of subtropical dry zones from North America to Australia are consistent with a reorganization of atmospheric dynamics attributable to global warming. But are these droughts attributable to anthropogenic forcings like increased GHG, aerosols and ozone, or are they within the realm of natural variability?  The answer is not always clear. In the case of California…

Fiamma Straneo: North Atlantic Warming and the Retreat of Greenland's Glaciers

Models do ‘okay’ at predicting changes in surface mass balance of Greenland’™s ice sheets, says Fiamma Straneo. They don’t do so well, and therefore are not very useful, when it comes to predicting the accelerated melting that is now occurring and which, she says, now accounts for about one-fourth of global sea level rise. In this presentation she reviews her studies of what is happening in that dynamic space at the edge of the ice sheets where atmosphere, ocean and glacier all come together, and the various mechanisms proposed as contributing to ice sheet loss.

Dennis Darby: What Precise Source Tells Us About Arctic Sea Ice

Sedimentation rates in parts of the Arctic Ocean are surprisingly high with 1-2% of that sediment originating from ‘dirty ice,’ says Professor Emeritus Dennis Darby. He explains various processes that govern the formation of sea ice and how sediment can be entrained in it, the processes and routes by which ‘dirty ice’ is transported throughout the Arctic, and his data base of 38,000 different samples permits tracking sediment collected from the sea floor back to its point of origin.

Jennifer Francis: Rapid Arctic Warming and Changing Mid-Latiitude Weather: Is there a connection?

The workshop’s first presentation was a status report on arctic climate from Dr. Jennifer Francis. In the past 30 years, she says, aerial coverage of sea ice has been reduced by half. Ice volume had declined 70% over the same period. She offers a novel hypothesis that Arctic amplification “regional warming in excess of the global average” causes the jet stream to slacken producing meanders that ‘lock in’ and cause aberrant weather for prolonged periods of time. Satellite imagery and this past winter’s ‘polar vortex’ and extended drought in the W.

Dendrochronology's "Divergence Problem" Explained?

A new study by Alexander Stine and Peter Huybers offers strong evidence that reduced light availability (“global dimming”) explains the apparent lack of tree-ring evidence in many Arctic regions for the recent warming observed in instrumental records there. Dendroclimatology uses measurements of the yearly growth width and density of tree rings to reconstruct changes in past climate. The …

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