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Part 15: What should we expect? Future climate projections






By Luisa Cristini, PhD, University of Hawaii at Manoa Note from the editor: This is the fifteenth and last in a series of blog entries that focused on introductory topics in climate dynamics and modeling, and served to provide insight into the current understanding of the science.] Given the increasing evidence of climate change, what […]

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Ocean acidification and the “short term“ marine carbon cycle






By Franziska Kersten, PhD Candidate in Marine Geology and Paleontology – Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven (Germany). The 2007 IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Synthesis Report discusses ocean acidification and its potential to harm marine calcifiers (e.g. corals) in the future. Yet a recent report in Science unequivocally states that parts of the […]

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Part 14: How to project climate into the future: Emission scenarios






By Luisa Cristini, PhD, University of Hawaii at Manoa. [Note from the editor: This is the fourteenth in a series of blog entries that will focus on introductory topics in climate dynamics and modeling, and will serve to provide insight into the current understanding of the science.] Changes in external forcing (e.g., solar forcings, astronomical […]

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Part 13: Holocene and Anthropocene






By Luisa Cristini,  PhD, University of Hawaii at Manoa [Note from the editor: This is the thirteenth in a series of blog entries that will focus on introductory topics in climate dynamics and modeling, and will serve to provide insight into the current understanding of the science.] In addition to the low frequency variability of […]

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Part 2: The Ocean – Earth’s Climate Engine






By Luisa Cristini, PhD, University of Hawaii at Manoa [Note from the editor: This is the second in a series of blog entries that will focus on introductory topics in climate dynamics and modeling, and will be a great insight into the current understanding of the science.] Seventy-one percent of the Earth’s surface is covered […]

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Part 1: A Pleasant Atmosphere






By Luisa Cristini, PhD, University of Hawaii at Manoa [Note from the editor: This will be the first in a series of blog entries that will focus on introductory topics in climate dynamics and modeling, and will be a great insight into the current understanding of the science.] The atmosphere is the most important component […]

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