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Climate Changes Could Increase Hurricane Frequency This Century
2013-07-09 11:21:34

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using a unique combination of computer models, MIT atmospheric scientist Kerry Emanuel has made the contested prediction the 21st century will see an uptick in the number of hurricanes and tropical storms as a result of the forces of climate change. "Studies using the same technique applied to the previous generation of global climate models showed very little change in global frequency, but an increase in intensity," Emanuel told...

Managing Future Of Colorado River Flows
2013-06-25 13:09:31

University of Washington The Colorado River provides water for more than 30 million people, including those in the fast-growing cities of Las Vegas, Phoenix and Los Angeles. Increasing demand for that water combined with reduced flow and the looming threat of climate change have prompted concern about how to manage the basin’s water in coming decades. In the past five years, scientific studies estimated declines of future flows ranging from 6 percent to 45 percent by 2050. A paper by...

Warming In China Four Times Greater Than Previously Thought
2013-05-15 15:31:28

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to new research in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), average temperatures in central China are 10 to 14 degrees Fahrenheit hotter today than they were during the last Ice Age 20,000 years ago. The authors of the study predict that these findings, which are two to four times greater than previous models have shown, could help researchers build up more precise models of previous climate change patterns...

2013-05-09 23:02:01

The Bureau of Reclamation and collaborators developed new downscaled climate projections that allow water managers to incorporate the new Coupled Model Inter-comparison Project Phase 5 data from the World Climate Research Program into their water management planning. The data, representing 234 contemporary climate projections for the contiguous United States, was downscaled to a 12 kilometer resolution in order to be more useful to water managers. Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) May 09, 2013 The...

Climate Predictions Could Take Some Clues From The Pliocene Epoch
2013-04-04 06:51:19

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Temperature patterns during Earth´s last prolonged global “hot spell” some 5.3 million to 2.6 million years ago differed markedly from those of modern times, suggesting current climate models may need to be adjusted to improve future predictions, according to a study published this week in the journal Nature. The Earth was warmer during that time - known as the Pliocene Epoch - than it is today, and had higher...

2013-04-02 12:21:53

NEW YORK, April 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- James E. Hansen, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York has announced he is retiring as the GISS director and leaving government service. Peter Hildebrand, director of the Earth Sciences Division at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., will serve as interim director until a new director is selected through a competitive process. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO)...

Simulating Climate Change Using New Technique
2013-03-05 13:13:13

Brown University Statistical physics offers an approach to studying climate change that could dramatically reduce the time and brute-force computing that current simulation techniques require. The new approach focuses on fundamental forces that drive climate rather than on “following every little swirl” of water or air. And yes, there´s an app for that. Scientists are using ever more complex models running on ever more powerful computers to simulate the earth´s...

Role Of Statistics In Climate Change Research Investigated
2013-02-16 09:47:29

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online Climate change is a range of potential events that have a better or worse probability of occurring, and statistics could be a useful tool in helping people better understand how their actions could be adversely affecting the planet, according to new research presented on Friday. The general public´s aversion to statistical thinking and probability is one of the factors that has prevented the implementation of...

Study Highlights Complex Interplay Between Global Warming And Rainfall
2013-01-31 09:51:24

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international group of scientists has shown that global warming from greenhouse gases affects global rainfall patterns differently than global warming from solar heating. Using computer model simulations, the research team showed that global rainfall has increased less over the present-day warming period than during the Medieval Warm Period between 950 and 1250 AD despite the fact that temperatures today are higher than...

2012-11-30 20:58:51

Climate scientists are still grappling with one of the main questions of modern times: how high will global temperatures rise if the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide doubles. Many researchers are now turning to the past because it holds clues to how nature reacted to climate change before the anthropogenic impact. The divergent results of this research, however, have made it difficult to make precise predictions about the impact of increased carbon dioxide on future warming. An...