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.

Exploring the Response of the Earth's Hydrologic Cycle to Geoengineering. Philip Rasch

Philip Rasch, an atmospheric scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, provides a background on geo-engineering, “an intentional change to the climate system, intended to counteract the effects of greenhouse gases.”  Even if we make the decision never to deploy some of the proposed technologies, he suggests trials may be an important way to better understand the system’s response.

Cherry Blossom Festivals Will Be Earlier Due to Climate Change

Communities around the world celebrate spring with cherry blossom festivals.  Japan is particularly famous for them, with some towns generating 40% of their annual revenue from the event.  According to recent research by scientists from several institutions (including Yale’s YCEI), festival organizers may have to hold the events up to a month earlier by the end of the century.  The team used a 29-year 

Surface Impact and Climate Feedbacks in the Texas Drought of 2011. Ron Smith

Yale Professor Ron Smith’s talk focuses on the heat/drought surface climate feedback of the Texas Drought of 2011 and explores the effects of the drought on three regions of different land cover type. His work utilizes digital image processing and MODIS time series to statistically explore changes as a function of land cover type.

Hurricanes and Storms in a Warmer World. Kerry Emanuel

Kerry Emanuel, an atmospheric scientist with the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences of MIT, discusses the interaction of atmospheric circulation and convection with tropical cyclones (hurricanes), and the implications of climate change.

Dr. Emanuel specializes in the study of atmospheric convection and tropical cyclones.  He made the Time 100 list of most influential people in 2006, and became a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2007. 



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