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
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.
One frequently cited effect of climate change is the increased risk of flooding which could cause serious loss of life and property in many parts of the world. Areas including Southeast Asia, India, eastern Africa and the northern Andes are likely to be hit the hardest.
Gavin Schmidt is a climatologist and climate modeler at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York who works on the variability of the ocean circulation and climate using general circulation models (GCMs).
Anthropogenic climate change is predicted to dramatically alter biodiversity and species distributions around the globe, particularly if many species are unable to disperse to new habitats or evolve and adapt to new climatic conditions in their current habitat.
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.
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.
Regional climate responds to global temperature trends, but is also influenced by regional-specific and/or hemispheric processes. For example, as a result of global warming and higher polar…
Tuesday begins a new era for water managers on the Colorado River. Prompted by 14 years of drought and new rules to deal with it, the Bureau of Reclamation is cutting the annual release at Glen Canyon Dam by nearly 10%. While downstream consumers won’t suffer immediate…
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…
Reconstructing sea level changes during the last interglacial,127-116,000 years ago, yields insights on the stability of large continental ice sheets during a period of relative warmth similar to the present day. Evidence of a sudden melting episode suggests tipping points in the climate system…