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Reinhard Schiemann: The E2SCMS summer school
Reinhard's research aims at assessing, understanding and improving the representation of hydrological quantities, notably precipitation, in both observation-based data and climate model simulations. In his current project UPSCALE, he is part of the JWCRP HRCM team using the development version of the Unified Model (HadGEM3) for global atmospheric simulations of present and future climate at 25km horizontal resolution.
Jonathan Day: Science in the Media
Jonathan's research interests focus on polar climate variability, predictability and the mass balance of both land and sea ice. He is presently working on the NERC funded APPOSITE project, assessing the potential for seasonal forecasting in the Arctic.
Warm past climates: is our future in the past?
by Nathaelle Bouttes
When people talk about global warming, they sometimes wonder whether climate has already been warmer than today in the past. If so, then why would a warm future be so bad, and isn’t what’s going on now the same as before? When I think of a warmer climate, I tend to imagine the time of dinosaurs. Do we have to go as far back as the Cretaceous (more than 65 million years ago) to find a warmer climate?
Uncertainty in the Arctic
by Dan Hodson
This September Sea ice coverage in the Arctic has broken all records - falling to its minimum extent since accurate satellite records began in 1979. The question behind every headline is - when will the Arctic be ice-free during summer? (The Arctic is unlikely to be ice-free during winter in our life time - the intense cooling during the polar-night will generate some winter sea ice for a long time to come).
Where has the warming gone?
by Richard Allan.
Glancing at a graph showing the changes in global annual mean temperature (Fig. 1) you can't fail to notice that the rate of global warming appears to flatten off in the most recent decade. There is a good discussion in skepticalscience.com about the role of natural variability which can indeed explain decades of cooling despite continued build up of energy in the climate system in control climate simulations and anthropogenic warming scenarios.