Week in review – science edition

by Judith Curry

A few things that caught my eye this past week.

New paper from Christy et al. corrects drift in NOAA-14 satellite, affected the trend by ~ 0.05 C/decade in the 1990s and the early 2000s. [link]

How extreme events are defined across disciplines and the importance of communication for effective research and decision making [link

Large changes in sea ice triggered by small changes in Atlantic water temperature. [link]

Is recent ice edge retreat along east Greenland linked to ocean convection? [link

“… recent regime shift in El Niño diversity … same regime shift not observed in CMIP5 simulations … link between cooling of the eastern tropical Pacific and changes in ENSO diversity.” [link]

Essex and Tsonis: New understanding of ultra-long timescales provides a new take on climate [link]

A “La Niña-like” state occurring in the second year after large tropical volcanic eruptions during the past 1500 years [link]

Orography and the Boreal Winter Stratosphere: The Importance of the Mongolian Mountains – [link]

Hidden underwater melt-off in the Antarctic is doubling every 20 years and could soon overtake Greenland to become the biggest source of sea-level rise [link]

The role of sea-ice albedo in the climate of slowly rotating aquaplanets [link]

To improve seasonal storm track forecasts, look to the tropical stratosphere [link]

A new estimate of the solar irradiance variations since 850 CE by Judith Lean has just been published in Earth and Space Science [link]

A comprehensive report on the relationships and potential connections between Arctic climate and mid-latitude weather is available today from . [link]

Atmospheric influences on the anomalous 2016 Antarctic sea ice decay [link

Research on China’s climate confirms numerous warm periods during past 2,000 years. [link]

Internal atmospheric variability can have a large impact on the CA precipitation response to  [link

More work is needed to constrain the size of soil carbon stocks, a key component to understand vulnerabilities to changes in land use and climate; new paper in GBC comparing datasets [link]

Now in NatureClimate – Limited influence of climate change mitigation on short-term glacier mass loss [link]

New paper out by Steve Po-Chedley et al. linking intermodel spread in lapse rate and water vapor feedbacks to differences in meridional pattern of surface warming. [link]

Five Weird Archives That Scientists Use to Study Past Climates [link]

“Consistency and discrepancy in the atmospheric response to Arctic sea-ice loss across climate models” [link]

Social science & policy

The IPCC’s strategy, although successful in putting climate change on the international political agenda, has restricted the understanding of the problem and has downplayed the uncertainties, lack of knowledge, and unlikely, though possible, scenarios [link]

How are California water managers thinking about climate change? It depends [link]

The mass adoption of solar-generated electricity is causing problems in California [link]

Wizards and prophets face off to save the planet [link]

Precautionary principle gone mad:  California judges rule coffee forms must add cancer warning [link]

The Economist highlighting the failure of progress in delivering clean cooking access and the huge damages this causes to health and the environment [link]

The Externalities of Energy Production Systems [link]

The Confidence Trap: Balancing the Proof Burden in the Climate Conversation [link]

The Paris Climate Accords Are Looking More and More Like Fantasy [link

About science & scientists

How the Closing of the Campus Mind Threatens Freedom [link

The full list of authors of the Working Group I report is out [link]

“In science, a dominant paradigms determines which experiments are done how they’re interpreted and what kind of path a research programme follows” [link]

Opinion | The Carbon Footprint Hypocrisy Of Jet-Setting Academics [link]

Pal review: After uncovering evidence of “reciprocal favors” related to grant reviews, the NIH is engaging in disciplinary action against reviewers and applicants [link]

“The idea that teamwork can be performed successfully without independent thinkers is a collectivist myth.” [link]

RIP Stephen Hawking [link]

via Climate Etc.


April 7, 2018 at 04:47PM

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