Category Archives: Ocean

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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Dallas Murphy: Science story-teller (part 2)

Last year Dallas Murphy published To The Denmark Strait, the story of the discovery of the ocean current called the North Icelandic Jet. Previously, I asked Dallas about this expedition, as well as his journey towards oceanography and science writing. … Continue reading

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What price ecosystem services?

The IPCC’s Working Group II report published in March this year gave centre stage to the impacts of climate change on health, food production and labour productivity. In contrast, the potential loss of ecosystem services was largely ignored. The importance … Continue reading

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Does a warming world increase the risk of North Atlantic tsunamis?

News from another country Watching from the comfort of a European city, the images streamed from Japan of muddy, debris filled seawater flooding towns during the Sendai tsunami seemed entirely foreign. Think back though and we come to the events … Continue reading

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A History of Climate Models

Many PhD researchers use climate models with little thought of how they were developed. Often there just isn’t time in modern schedules to investigate their history. How these models evolved through the ages is pretty interesting and involves battling mathematicians … Continue reading

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To index or not to index?

Imagine trying to explain whether or not it is a wet and warm winter on the western coast of Norway based on the surface air pressure in Iceland. Sounds far fetched? That’s in a way what researchers do to simplify … Continue reading

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Captain Climate – Talking to WALLY BROECKER Part I

I can hardly believe my luck: to interview the greatest climate researcher of our times! He is the climate science pioneer who invented the very expression global warming, who discovered the ocean conveyor belt and revolutionized our understanding of the … Continue reading

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