Category Archives: Air

All topics situated between the Earths surface and space

El Niño: a historical exploration and 2014 outlook

‘El Niño’ – a Spanish phrase describing a global climate phenomenon. How did this phrase, which translates to ‘the child’ or ‘the boy’, come to define the ever changing tropical Pacific temperatures, winds and rainfall? I’ll present a short history … Continue reading

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What can paleoclimate archives tell us about the timing of events during rapid climate shifts?

Our ability to predict future climate changes relies heavily on the goodness of physical climate models to capture short-term, regional to local expressions of atmospheric circulation dynamics. This diagnostic ability is aided by knowledge on paleoclimate scenarios. Indeed, we can … Continue reading

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Sulphate Aerosol Geo-engineering: A simple solution?

“Climate change is the greatest challenge currently faced by mankind”. This quote or one like it has been uttered by many of the leading academics, politicians and celebrities in recent years. So what is climate change? It tends to be … Continue reading

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Captain Climate – Talking to WALLY BROECKER Part II: CO2 and Global Warming

Wally Broecker is a climate researcher who has had so much impact in his field that he is considered one of the most important figures in ongoing climate research. If we picture climate research as a ship navigating in the … Continue reading

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Cough for Coal at COP19

by Isobel Braithwaite and Gabriele Messori Carrying a pair of giant pink lungs in front of the Polish Ministry of Economy wasn’t really where either of us had imagined we’d end up on a cold November morning.  Why were we … Continue reading

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Excitement at the front: one island, two sea breezes

The dark days of winter may have you longing for warmer and sunnier times. For the sake of science, let us get away from this misery. Imagine a nice summer day and place yourself on a beach in Florida. The … Continue reading

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Saharan dust: the Amazon’s fertiliser

Most PhD students try to perfect a way of describing their research in a few sentences. These ‘elevator pitches’ (cringe) come in useful when meeting new people at seminars, conferences or the pub. My own little snippet is this: dust … Continue reading

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Climate pollution in the near term

A lot of emphasis when it comes to climate change is placed on reducing carbon dioxide emissions, to prevent future global mean warming.  CO2 stays in the atmosphere for a very long time though, and any emission reductions will take … Continue reading

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