Preserving historic weather records to help predict future climate
On World Digital Preservation Day (Thursday 7 November 2019) the data conservation community will come together to celebrate the collections they have preserved, the access they have maintained and the understanding they have fostered by preserving digital materials.
Digital information is fundamental for research, with citizen science projects like Weather Rescue demonstrating how important it is to recover old data.
Why climate science needs to learn from risk assessment
Climate scientists need to spend more time considering all plausible future climate scenarios rather than just the most likely, argues Professor Rowan Sutton in a new paper published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.
Professor Sutton, Director of Climate Science at the National Centre for Atmospheric Science, says that scientists have not paid enough attention to two important issues; the current risks due to climate change, and the low-likelihood high-impact events which carry the highest risks.
Taking a closer look at Europe’s future winters
Wetter winters across northern Europe and drier winters across southern Europe are expected towards the end of this century. But the scale of these changes may be underestimated by some climate models, which currently operate at low-resolutions.
Tests using a higher-resolution climate model, which has the ability to take a closer look and capture weather-scale processes, shows stronger and more reliable changes in winter with climate change.