Category Archives: Regional

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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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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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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Rainforests in the Sahara

The Hadley Circulation, responsible for the tropical humid band across the equator and the subtropical dry zones just poleward of it (e.g. Sahara Desert north of the Congo Rainforest), could be expanding [1]. The potential impact on society and the … Continue reading

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To rain or not to rain: Precipitation in a changing climate

Precipitation is notoriously hard to forecast accurately. The formation of precipitation is a fine balance between many factors, and small changes in any of these can influence whether it rains, where it rains, and how much rain falls. Predicting how … Continue reading

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Does the Sun influence climate regionally?

In climate science, uncertainties can hide in the brightest of places. We are just now beginning to understand that the Sun’s effect on our planet may be even more complicated than we thought before. It may even affect the climate … Continue reading

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