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.

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. 


The future of summer Arctic sea ice

When will the summer Arctic be nearly sea ice free? The answer is “eventually” given anthropogenic warming, but different considerations of the available data yield different answers.  Overland and Wang address this question and attempt to predict 21st century summer Arctic sea ice loss by applying three distinct approaches to the problem…


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