Antarctic krill are the keystone species in the Antarctic ecosystem, directly transferring energy in the form of carbon from algae to top predators. Ocean circulation is an important contributor in structuring and maintaining the circumpolar and the regional distribution of Antarctic..
A headline-making article by Sherwood, et al. in the January issue of Nature ascribes the wide spread in climate sensitivities reported by global circulation models (GCMs) to how they account for atmospheric convective mixing, a process that controls cloud formation in the lower troposphere…
Satellite images allow Earth System scientists to monitor changes in vegetation, map species distributions, and even measure surface temperatures. The amount of data available for such efforts is enormous; the U.S. government’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectro-radiometers (MODIS), whose polar orbits circle …
Community ecology seeks to untangle structural patterns and underlying biological mechanisms across time and space. Though developed for studies above ground, community ecology provides an equally relevant framework for looking at the below ground world, a realm that’s now understood to store and cycle most of Earth’s organic carbon.
Yale Professor Ron Smith speaks on Climate Change in New England at a A Town Hall Meeting, entitled, “Climate Change in New England: What’s Next?” which explores how global warming will affect New England in the 21st century and how the region is preparing for the coming changes.
Modeling ecological processes at global scales is complicated by the fact that available underlying spatial and temporal data often incorporate enormous uncertainty. For example, the WorldClim data set (which has been cited over 2000 times) offers 1-kilometer resolution globally whether the pixel …
A changing climate effects the availability of water, agriculture, and virtually everyone on the planet. To predict changes in vegetation cover and adapt water usage appropriately it’s necessary to constrain changes in evaporative flux. Measuring evaporation is more challenging than other components of the hydrologic
The internet’s vast quantities of information and its popularity among people all over the globe represent a tempting and enormous data pool for researchers. Political strategists, economists, and epidemiologists mine internet usage data to learn about human behaviors and cultural trends, producing interesting results (though sometimes flawed; see Butler 2013). Could scientists who study climate change use similar online data-mining tools to better understand and track the effects of climate change? A recent paper by Proulx and colleagues argues just that.
Trude Storelvmo delivers a lecture entitled, “The Impact of Aerosols on Climate Sensitivity Estimates”, at the YCEI conference “Uncertainty in Climate Change: A Conversation with Climate Scientists and Economists”.
Kevin Trenbeth, National Center for Atmospheric Research, delivers a lecture entitled, “Ocean Heat Uptake: The Apparent Hiatus in Global Warming and Climate Sensitivity” during YCEI’s conference, “Uncertainty in Climate Change: A Conversation with Climate Scientists and Economists”