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GEWEXGEWEX News out now! 23.05.2016

In this issue:

  • Winners of Early Career Researcher Video Competition Announced
  • Water for Food Baskets of the World Grand Challenge and Planning for New North American RHP
  • Young Earth System Scientist's Activities
  • Mapping the 2015 South Carolina Flood Using SMAP and GPM Measurements
  • UNESCO-IHP: Addressing Societal Resilience to Climate Change Through International Scientific Cooperation

For more see GEWEX News.

impact2cCORDEX: policy relevant research 18.05.2016

WCRP CORDEX information feeds directly into policy-driven research. Take, for example, the IMPACT2C web-atlas, which tells visual stories of the potential impacts of climate change with 2°C global warming for key sectors – energy, water, tourism, health, agriculture, ecosystems and forestry, as well as coastal and low-lying areas – at both the pan-European level and for some of the most vulnerable regions of the world to climate change. The conclusions of IMPACT2C have major implications for possible adaptation strategies on national and international scales. 

Find out more on the regional climate research for climate service: join the CORDEX Conference via web streaming.

The JSC approved two new 'Grand Challenges'. These focus on climate-carbon interactions and on climate prediction on time scales from years to decades, both very important to our understanding of how Earth’s climate will change in the coming years. WCRP intends to promote these projects through community-organized workshops, conferences and strategic planning meetings as well as to advocate further for international partnership and coordination. - See more at:
WCRP approves new Grand Challenges
Clivar Final 300Call for nominations from CLIVAR 19.05.2016

The call for nominations to the CLIVAR Scientific Steering Group (SSG) and CLIVAR panels is now open. The deadline for nominations for appointments starting in 2017 (and 2018 for the SSG) is 20 July 2016. For more see the call on the CLIVAR website.


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Science Highlights

spiral2016Spiralling global temperatures 11.05.2016

Great animation by Ed Hawkins!

The animated spiral presents global temperature change in a visually appealing and straightforward way.

The pace of change is immediately obvious, especially over the past few decades. The relationship between current global temperatures and the internationally discussed target limits are also clear without much complex interpretation needed.

Connecting thunderstorms and climate through ozone 11.05.2016

DC3-Clouds-sized-800x600New data links thunderstorms to climate via their impacts on aerosols, ozone, and water vapor in the stratosphere. For more see: Barth, M and Zhang, C (2016), Connecting thunderstorms and climate through ozone, Eos.

Photo Credit: NASA/Frank Batteas

See the UTLS Observation Workshop, jointly organised by the Global Atmosphere Watch Programme (GAW), Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change (NDACC) and Stratosphere-troposphere Processes And their Role in Climate (SPARC)

human inf climateResearchers attribute human influence on climate back to 1930s 06.05.2016

A study by King et al. (2016) examining extreme climate events has found that hu

mans most likely triggered the last 16 record-breaking hot years on Earth, up to 2014.

Lipuma, L. (2016), Researchers attribute human influence on climate back to 1930s, Eos, 97.


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