Week in review – science edition

by Judith Curry

A few things that caught my eye this past week.

Changing available energy for extra tropical cyclones and associated convection in NH summer [link]

The residence time of Southern Ocean surface waters and the 100,000-year ice age cycle [link]

Norwegian Sea ice cover changes were key to past abrupt climate change [link]

Predictability of North Atlantic Sea Surface Temperature and Upper Ocean Heat Content https://buff.ly/2NOiXEy

Greenland is getting more rain, even in winter, triggering melting [link]

Coal plants have contributed to widespread contamination of aquifers, according to a new national assessment. In some areas, “groundwater may be unusable for decades or hundreds of years.” http://bit.ly/2TqzeER

Human-vegetation interactions during the Holocene [link]

How can sea surface temperature impact cloud formation in climate models? [link]

A Euro-Mediterranean tree-ring reconstruction of the winter NAO index since 910 C.E. [link]

Greenland ice cores can be used (and misused) to tell us about how the climate has changed in the past. Carbon Brief looks at past, present, and potential future changes to Greenland [link]

Evaluating models’ response of tropical low clouds to SST forcings using CALIPSO observations [link]

dynamics of the Indo-Australian #monsoon over the last 40,000 years [link]

A new statistical tool could extend predictions of atmospheric river activity by as much as 5 weeks. [link]

Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation reconstructed from trans-Pacific tree rings: 1350–2004 CE [link]

The Contributions of Winter Cloud Anomalies in 2011 to the Summer Sea‐Ice Rebound in 2012 in the Antarctic https://buff.ly/2SASESR

Holocene cultural and climate shifts in NW Africa as inferred from stable isotopes of archeological land snail shells [link]

Barotropic Kelvin wave‐induced bottom boundary layer warming along the West Antarctic Peninsula https://buff.ly/2H9htDu

Colder surface air over Antarctica has shortened one of its ice shelf’s annual melt season by a couple of days. [link]

Modeling the response of northwest Greenland to enhanced ocean thermal forcing and subglacial discharge https://buff.ly/2SGl12g

New insights into aerosol and climate in the Arctic (open access) (link: https://buff.ly/2H9FkmC) buff.ly/2H9FkmC

New insights into aerosol and climate in the Arctic [link]

Adaptation to Future Water Shortages in the United States Caused by Population Growth and Climate Change https://buff.ly/2C0t5Fg

how monsoon depressions in Asia draw energy from the low-level eastward monsoon wind (barotropic growth in meridional shear): https://rmets.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/1477870x

A tree ring-based winter temperature reconstruction for the southeastern Tibetan Plateau since 1340 CE [link]

Rapidly declining remarkability of temperature anomalies may obscure public perception of climate change [link]

One of Antarctica’s ice shelves is quaking like it’s going out of fashion, but it’s only taking place at night. Here’s the fascinating science as to why [link]

Inverse-square law between time and amplitude for crossing tipping thresholds | https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rspa.2018.0504#.XHgHrWLwRAk.twitter

Good to see that more attention is being paid to verification and validation of climate models http://climateknowledge.org/Rood_Papers_Archive/20180726_validation_of_climate_models_HandbookValidation_accepted_edits.pdf

It turns out that young temperate forests may be more effective carbon sinks than old rainforests. [link]

The impact of strong El Niño and La Niña events on the North Atlantic – https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1029/2018GL081776#.XHgH5udOOKk.twitter

Nudging the Arctic Ocean to quantify sea ice feedbacks https://buff.ly/2GQ6WxF

Variability, timescales, and nonlinearity in climate responses to black carbon emissions https://buff.ly/2NuJgzb

Volcano in Iceland is one of the largest sources of volcanic CO2 [link]

Interhemispheric effect of global geography on Earth’s climate response to orbital forcing https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-15-377-2019

 Short lived climate pollution http://arjournals.annualreviews.org/eprint/ib7s4XbkheNPQW9dpVMR/full/10.1146/annurev-earth-060313-054843

Reconstructing climate from glaciers [link]

“After reconstructing southern Greenland’s climate record over the past 3,000 years, a Northwestern University team found that it was relatively warm when the Norse lived there between 985 and 1450 C.E., compared to the previous and following centuries.” [link]

Social science, technology & policy

With Ethanol And Biomass No Longer Viewed As “Green,” Will Other Renewables Soon Follow? [link]

EU dragged to court for backing forest biomass as ‘renewable energy’ [link]

Europe’s renewable energy program is built on burning American trees [link]

Is climate change more like diabetes or an asteroid? [link]

Across the country, urban communities are rejecting ‘green’ energy projects [link]

San Baernardino County (biggest county in California) bans big renewable energy projects [link]

There really, really isn’t a silver bullet solution for climate change [link]

Requirements for a scalable approach to decarbonization [link]

The politics, science and politicization of climate change [link]

The green bubble [link]

The benefits of recycling have been overstated for years and the costs never clearly understood [link]

Is this the end of recycling? [link]

Your recycling might be poisoning poor communities [link]

Congress considers carbon capture options [link]

Report finds widespread contamination at nation’s coal ash sites [link]

Will climate change the courts? [link]

Why renewables can’t save the planet [link]

How extreme weather becomes normalized https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2019/02/25/data-are-frogs-dont-boil-we-might/?utm_term=.539f569fd04a

About science and scientists

Freeman Dyson interview [link]

We need to disagree better: our culture of contempt [link]

The wisdom of polarized crowds [link]

How French ‘intellectuals’ ruined the west [link]

Gavin Schmidt:  the best case for worst case scenarios [link]

Matt Ridley:  Lying with science: a guide to myth debunking [link]

Biased assimilation and attitude polarization: the effects of prior theories on subsequently considered evidence [link]

“Statements about climate researchers’ carbon footprints affect their credibility and the impact of their advice.” https://static1.squarespace.com/static/54e39dcfe4b033c7e0e77c20/t/590f51e46a49630b448686e7/1494176232451/Attari_Ad+Hominem_2016.pdf

The concept of probability is not as simple as you think. It never was, and it never will. [link]

via Climate Etc.


March 9, 2019 at 10:26AM

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