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Climate News

  • Sep 13 - New IUCN Report on Warming Oceans
    The oceans have already sucked up an enormous amount of heat due to escalating greenhouse gas emissions, affecting marine species from microbes to whales, according to an International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) report involving the work of 80 scientists from a dozen countries.

    The ocean has absorbed more than 90 percent of the extra heat created by human activity. If the same amount of heat that has been buried in the upper 2km of the ocean had gone into the atmosphere, the surface of the Earth would have warmed by a devastating 36°C, rather than 1°C, over the past century.

    At some point, the report says, warming waters could unlock billions of tonnes of frozen methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, from the seabed and cook the surface of the planet. This could occur even if emissions are drastically cut, due to the lag time between emitting greenhouse gases and their visible consequences.
  • Sep 13 - Hottest August on record
    August came in at 1.76˚F (0.98˚C) above the average from 1951-1980, 0.16C above August 2014, the previous record holder. The record keeps 2016 on track to be the hottest year in the books by a fair margin.
  • Sep 1 - Krill habitat under threat in Antarctica
  • Sep 1 - Current melting processes in eastern Antarctica remind scientists of Greenland
  • Sep 1 - Greenland: 270 gigatons of ice loss per year for 2011–2014

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Effects of climate and vegetation on martens and fishers in the Sierra Nevada, California

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CBI investigated the effects of climate and vegetation on the distribution of martens (Martes caurina) and fishers (Martes pennanti) in the Sierra Nevada in California ...

Integrated Scenarios Dataset Collection

What might the Northwestern US look like over the course of the 21st century as a result of anthropogenic climate change? To address this question a coordinated effort using state of the science models including the latest climate, hydrologic and vegetation models was used to illustrate potential scenarios of the future Northwest environment. The end product was a ...

Delivering Usable Climate Change Information to Sagebrush Managers

Climate change is adding uncertainty to the long-term effectiveness of current land management strategies. Information is needed to adjust these strategies for projected increased climate variability, longer droughts, more intense rainfall events, warmer summers, reduced water provision and changes in fire regime. Our goal is to discover how climate change information ...

Multivariate Adaptive Constructed Analogs(MACA) Downscaling Method

Climate scenarios from global climate models (GCM) provide the primary scientific basis for our understanding of future climates. However, output data from GCMs are at coarse scales (i.e. 100-300 km) resulting in significant biases in regions of complex climate such as the Northwestern US making direct application of such data intractable. To overcome these ...

DRECP Climate Console Guide and Case Study

The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) Climate Console is a user friendly web based mapping application designed to allow users to explore climate projections to better understand how climate change could alter ecosystems in the California desert. Leveraging the power of ...