Category Archives: Present

Topics explaining phenomena we see today

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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Forecasting the present

Forecasting the weather is very difficult, but the concept itself is simple. If we know the state of the atmosphere right now, the initial state, we can use well-understood physical laws to predict how the atmosphere will change over time. … Continue reading

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Room with unexpected view: when coastal erosion strikes

Coastal erosion by wind and rain is a phenomenon which occurred even before humans were around to spot it. Yet with the urbanisation of the coastlines and the increased frequency of storms and cold events these last years, it feels … Continue reading

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Climate Extremes – Why the past is just as important as the future

Climate change is a major threat to humanity, on a health, economic and social level. Large-scale mean changes, such as increasing global mean temperatures, will often lead to more severe and frequent regional extremes. Events like the 2003 European heat … 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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Hydrology and hydrological model

Quite often people ask me about my field of study in parties or activity groups out of geo department. When I answer: “hydrology”, there is a large chance that a big question mark shows on their face with a “not … 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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