Citizen science project finds global warming makes very wet winters ‘a bit more likely’

Posted on 30th April 2014

A citizen science project to assess the effects of global warming has reported a small but statistically significant increase in the probability of extremely wet winters in southern England. Following preliminary assessments from the Met Office, Oxford University researchers undertook the first scientific experiment to analyse whether the risk of extreme rainfall has changed due […]

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New Publication: Cloud fraction mediates the aerosol optical depth – cloud top height relationship

Posted on 29th April 2014

Gryspeerdt, E., Stier, P., Grandey, B. S. (2014) Cloud fraction mediates the aerosol optical depth – cloud top height relationship Geophysical Research Letters DOI 10.1002/2014GL059524 Abstract The observed strong link between aerosol optical depth (τ) and cloud top pressure (ptop) has frequently been interpreted as the invigoration of convective clouds by aerosol, with increased τ […]

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New publication: Quantifying the impact of climate change on drought regimes using the Standardised Precipitation Index

Posted on 29th April 2014

Jenkins, K., Warren, R. (2014) Quantifying the impact of climate change on drought regimes using the Standardised Precipitation Index Theoretical and Applied Climatology doi 10.1007/s00704-014-1143-x Abstract The study presents a methodology to characterise short- or long-term drought events, designed to aid understanding of how climate change may affect future risk. An indicator of drought magnitude, […]

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New publication: The effects and side-effects of the EU emissions trading scheme

Posted on 22nd April 2014

Laing, T., Sato, M., Grubb, M. and Comberti, C. (2014), The effects and side-effects of the EU emissions trading scheme. WIREs Clim Change. doi: 10.1002/wcc.283 Abstract As many countries, regions, cities, and states implement emissions trading policies to limit CO2 emissions, they turn to the European Union’s experience with its emissions trading scheme since 2005. […]

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New publication: African climate change uncertainty in perturbed physics ensembles: implications of global warming to 4°C and beyond

Posted on 22nd April 2014

James, R., Washington, R., Rowell, D.P. (2014) African climate change uncertainty in perturbed physics ensembles: implications of global warming to 4°C and beyond. Journal of Climate doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-13-00612.1 Abstract The importance of investigating regional climate changes associated with degrees of global warming is increasingly being recognised, but the majority of relevant research has been based on […]

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