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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 9: What drives climate changes?






by Luisa Cristini, PhD, University of Hawaii at Manoa. [Note from the editor: This is the ninth 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 climate system can be influenced by different [...]

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The Study of Past Climate Is Key to the Future






by Luisa Cristini, PhD., University of Hawaii at Manoa The study of past climate, or paleoclimatology, is one of the most important fields of climate science study. The study of the past, using all time scales, is the basis for climate projections. The past is highly relevant for modern climate change, because it helps us [...]

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Self-Cleaning Capability of Atmosphere Is Stable






by Dale Elizabeth Corey Recently, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) international research team took a look at the atmosphere’s ability to cleanse itself of pollutants and some greenhouse gases. Findings were more positive than expected. The atmosphere is doing pretty well against environmental changes. A new analysis shows [...]

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