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Judith Curry - 2018-12-15 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

A few things that caught my eye this past week.

Re-evaluating the ocean conveyor belt [link]

More robust #climate projections of #Arctic sea ice only possible by improving physics in simulations e.g. accounting for melt ponds & the loss of drifting snow...

Judith Curry - 2018-12-12 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

There is a disturbing story coming out of the University of Washington surrounding Cliff Mass.

In preparing this article, I have received material from a member of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington. I also ran into another member...

Judith Curry - 2018-12-11 - Original post - cached version

By Nic Lewis

An observational estimate of transient (multidecadal) warming relative to cumulative CO2 emissions is little over half that per IPCC AR5 projections.

AR5 claims that CO2-caused warming would be undiminished for 1000 years after emissions cease, but observations...

Judith Curry - 2018-12-04 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

“Concerning the inability of expert knowledge to resolve environmental controversy and the pressing need for a pragmatic reframing of policy problems to allow for solutions based on bipartisan values.”

It’s been a while since I’ve done a post on this topic.  A new...

Judith Curry - 2018-12-01 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

A few things that caught my eye this past week.

Normalized hurricane damage in the continental United States 1900–2017 [link]

Pacific Decadal Oscillation and recent oxygen decline in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean [link] 

RMSS:  The troposphere...

Judith Curry - 2018-11-29 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

Draft of article to be submitted for journal publication.

Well, I hope you are not overdosing on the issue of sea level rise.  But this paper is somewhat different, a philosophy of science paper.  Sort of how we think about thinking.

I would appreciate any...

Judith Curry - 2018-11-27 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

I have now completed my assessment of sea level rise and climate change.

The complete report can be downloaded here [Special Report- Sea Level Rise].

My preliminary compilation of information was provided in the 7 part Climate Etc. series Sea level rise...

Judith Curry - 2018-11-26 - Original post - cached version

The term ‘CAGW’  has both appropriate and inappropriate usage.

Introduction

Rational Wiki says: ‘“CAGW”, for “catastrophic anthropogenic global warming”, is a snarl word (or snarl acronym) that global warming denialists use for the established science of climate change. A Google...

Judith Curry - 2018-11-24 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

In considering ‘worst case’ climate change impacts, we first need to assess the realistic worst case for global carbon emissions.

The recently published U.S. National Climate Assessment shows that we are currently on track for RCP8.5.

The assumptions...

Judith Curry - 2018-11-23 - Original post - cached version

By Nic Lewis

There have been further interesting developments in this story

Introduction

The Resplandy et al. (2018) ocean heat uptake study (henceforth Resplandy18) is based on measured changes in the O2/N2 ratio (δO2/N2) and CO2 atmospheric concentration. These are...

Judith Curry - 2018-11-19 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

Reflections on Nic Lewis’ audit of the Resplandy et al. paper.

In response to Nic Lewis’ two blog posts critiquing the Resplandy et al. paper on ocean temperatures, co-author Ralph Keeling acknowledges the paper’s errors with these statements:

Scripps news...

Judith Curry - 2018-11-17 - Original post - cached version

By Nic Lewis

Introduction

The Resplandy et al. (2018) ocean heat uptake study (henceforth Resplandy18) is based on measured changes in the O2/N2 ratio of air sampled each year, compared to air stored in high pressure tanks originally sampled in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and...

Judith Curry - 2018-11-15 - Original post - cached version

by Andy West

A narrative propagated by emotive engagement, not veracity.

Introduction

Within the public domain, there is a widespread narrative of certainty (absent deep emissions cuts) of near-term (decades) climate catastrophe. This narrative is not supported by...

Judith Curry - 2018-11-10 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

A few things that caught my eye this past week.

“Fingerprints of internal drivers of Arctic sea ice loss in observations and model simulations” [link]

Conflicting Measurements Reduce Uncertainty in Climate Science [link]

California’s new earthquake...

Judith Curry - 2018-11-08 - Original post - cached version

by Nic Lewis

In a recent article I set out why I thought that the trend in ΔAPOClimate was overstated, and its uncertainty greatly understated, in the Resplandy et al. ocean heat uptake study. In this article I expand on the brief explanation of the points made about “trend errors” and “...

Judith Curry - 2018-11-06 - Original post - cached version

by Nic Lewis

Obviously doubtful claims about new research regarding ocean content reveal how unquestioning Nature, climate scientists and the MSM are.

On November 1st there was extensive coverage in the mainstream media[i] and online[ii] of a paper just published in the prestigious...

Judith Curry - 2018-10-27 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

A few things that caught my eye this past week.

A new gem from Steve McIntyre: New post at Climate Audit on North American tree ring network of PAGES2K (2013) and PAGES (2017). Bristlecone addiction continues unabated -heroin for paleoclimatologists. [link]

...

Judith Curry - 2018-10-18 - Original post - cached version

by Nic Lewis

A close reading of Chapters 1 and 2 of the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15) reveals some interesting changes from the IPCC 5th Assessment Report (AR5), and other science-relevant statements. This article highlights statements in SR15 relating to carbon...

Judith Curry - 2018-10-11 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

On possibilities, known neglecteds, and the vicious positive feedback loop between scientific assessment and policy making that has created a climate Frankenstein.

I have prepared a new talk that I presented yesterday at Rand Corp. My contact at Rand is Rob Lempert...

Judith Curry - 2018-10-08 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

The IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5C  is now published [link].

The good news is that it is better written and with better diagrams — no more turgid prose and obscure diagrams that we’ve come to expect from the IPCC.

The other ‘good’ news is...

Judith Curry - 2018-09-29 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

A few things that caught my eye this past week.

How well do stratospheric reanalyses reproduce high-resolution satellite temperature measurements?  https://buff.ly/2OnYyIS 

Warming ocean waters intensified devastating 2017 Atlantic hurricane season:    [link...

Judith Curry - 2018-09-20 - Original post - cached version

by Patrick J. Michaels

We’ve long been fond of showing the satellite evidence for planetary greening caused by increasing carbon dioxide, particularly the work of Zhu et al.(2016):

Figure 1: Trends in Leaf Area Index around the planet. Note the units are in hundredths (10-2...

Judith Curry - 2018-09-18 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

“Impending massive hurricanes bring the best out of weather twitter and the worst out of climate twitter” – Joseph Maykut

Every time we have a tropical cyclone landfall in the U.S., there is an explosion of public statements regarding the role (or not) of human...

Judith Curry - 2018-09-17 - Original post - cached version

by Ross McKitrick

I sat down to write a description of my new paper with John Christy, but when I looked up a reference via Google Scholar something odd cropped up that requires a brief digression.

Google Scholar insists on providing a list of “recommended” articles whenever I...

Judith Curry - 2018-09-15 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

A few things that caught my eye this past week.

I will be at this meeting:  Next week, 300+ scientists will exchange ideas on #weather and #climate variations on subseasonal to decadal timescales. Watch the meeting live: [link] …

“Potential surface...

Judith Curry - 2018-09-08 - Original post - cached version

by Donald Rapp

On the terminations of Ice Ages.

Terminations occur on solar up-lobes

There is no doubt that there is merit in the widely accepted Milankovitch theory that Ice Ages and their terminations are controlled by solar input to the NH in mid-summer. It is also clear...

Judith Curry - 2018-09-05 - Original post - cached version

By Nic Lewis

A critique of of a new paper by Andrews  et al., Accounting for changing temperature patterns increases historical estimates of climate sensitivity.

Plain language summary

A new paper led by a UK Met Office scientist claims that accounting for the difference in...
Judith Curry - 2018-09-01 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

“If you want people to believe what you *do* know, you need to be up front about what you *don’t* know.”-  Charles Manski

Twitter is great for networking.  My recent article Climate Uncertainty and Risk engendered a tweet and email from Professor Matthew Kahn,...

Judith Curry - 2018-08-25 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

A few things that caught my eye this past week.

Urbanization effects on changes in the observed air temperatures during 1977–2014 in China [link]

The war over supercooled water [link]

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Judith Curry - 2018-08-20 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

My article Climate Uncertainty and Risk has now been published in the Summer 2018 edition of CLIVAR Variations.

About the U.S. CLIVAR program:

US Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR) is a national research program with a mission to foster...

Judith Curry - 2018-08-14 - Original post - cached version

by Javier

Summary: The IPCC expresses virtual certainty that a glaciation is not possible for the next 50 Kyr if CO2levels remain above 300 ppm. It is the long interglacial hypothesis. Analysis of interglacials of the past 800 Kyr shows they depend on obliquity-linked summer energy, ice-...

Judith Curry - 2018-08-08 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

We need to raise the bar on how we think about the possible worst case scenario for climate change.

The news and twitterati are abuzz with the idea of ‘Hothouse Earth’, based on a new paper published in PNAS [link]:

Trajectories of the Earth System in the...

Judith Curry - 2018-08-03 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

A few things that caught my eye this past week.

Attributing high impact extreme events across timescales — a case study of four different events. [link]

Increasing coupling of Pacific dynamics leads to prolonged marine heat waves [link]

Detection of...

Judith Curry - 2018-07-22 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

A remarkable essay by  esteemed oceanographer Carl Wunsch.

While doing a literature survey for my paper on Climate Uncertainty and Risk, I came across a remarkable paper published in 2010 by MIT oceanographer Carl Wunsch, entitled Towards Understanding the...

Judith Curry - 2018-07-14 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

A few things that caught my eye this past week.

North American mega droughts in the Common Era [link]

Ice sheets interact with the atmosphere, ocean, lithosphere, sea ice, and biosphere. How does it all work? Via @AGU_Eos  [link]

A fresh take on...

Judith Curry - 2018-07-08 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

I’ve been invited to write an article on climate uncertainty and risk.

It’s been about 5  years since I’ve written a new article on this topic; this article provides my current perspectives on this topic.

This article is in draft form; I will submit it in a...

Judith Curry - 2018-07-03 - Original post - cached version

by Ross McKitrick and John Christy

Note: this is a revised version to correct the statement about CFCs and methane in Scenario B.

How accurate were James Hansen’s 1988 testimony and subsequent JGR article forecasts of global warming? According to a laudatory article by AP’s Seth...

Judith Curry - 2018-06-28 - Original post - cached version

by Javier

A conservative outlook on 21st century climate change

Summary: For the past decade anthropogenic emissions have slowed down, and continuation of current trends suggests a peak in emissions by 2050. Atmospheric CO2levels should reach 500 ppm but might stabilize soon...

Judith Curry - 2018-06-25 - Original post - cached version

by Dan Hughes and Tomas Milanovic

Further reflections on the application of the divergence theorem to the Earth’s climate system.

Introduction

The subject of a recent post at CE was application of the divergence theorem to some aspects of Earth’s climate systems. Application of...

Judith Curry - 2018-06-24 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

A discussion thread to ponder the uncertainties in glacial isostatic adjustment and the implications for past and future sea level rise.

I’m in the process of completing my report on the sea level rise, the preliminary notes for which were presented in my recent 7...

Judith Curry - 2018-06-17 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

A few things that caught my eye this past week.

Antartica’s ice melt has accelerated [link]

Upcoming research by Jay Zwalley will buck the consensus and show Antartica is still gaining ice [link]

Antarctica’s Ice May Be More Durable Than We Thought [...

Judith Curry - 2018-06-13 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

My presentation  is provided here.  This is being posted at the start of the event.

I HUGELY appreciate the comments that you provided on that one slide [link], both in the comments and sent via email.  I definitely got the message.

I will be very interested...

Judith Curry - 2018-06-11 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

Countdown to the ‘conversation’ between Mann, Titley, Moore, Curry.  Looks like you can now register for the live broadcast, for a fee of $10 [link].

I will post my talk about 15 minutes before the start of the event.  If anyone knows how to make a...

Judith Curry - 2018-06-10 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

A recent and worthy attempt to redefine the ‘front’ in the ‘climate wars’, which could lead to a truce and possibly pave the way for rational progress.

Matt Nisbet has published a...

Judith Curry - 2018-06-08 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

My new talk on improving seasonal to interannual climate predictions.

This week, I am attending the Weather Risk Management Conference (WRMA) in Miami.


 

Utility of climate forecasts for risk mgt

In providing forecasts for the...

Judith Curry - 2018-06-05 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

This is rather astonishing, kudos to Best Schools for putting this together.

Best Schools has put together another very interesting list:  Top 15 Climate Change Scientists – Consensus and Skeptics.   Recall their previous list that included the top 50 women in STEM...

Judith Curry - 2018-05-31 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

How can the fundamental disagreement about the causes of climate change be most effectively communicated?

I have made numerous posts related to this topic, see especially

The heart of the climate dynamics debate

My specific motivation for this post is to...

Judith Curry - 2018-05-29 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

On June 12, I am scheduled to appear in a debate that includes Michael Mann

Here are the details from the website:

Climate change is undeniable. But is human activity causing it, and if so, to what degree? How are current public policies helping or...

Judith Curry - 2018-05-22 - Original post - cached version

by Dan Hughes

It is not a boundary value problem.

Abstract

The total energy equation is applied to Earth’s entire atmosphere and sub-systems to investigate requirements that the energy content of Earth’s climate system remains constant. The results are somewhat more complex than...

Judith Curry - 2018-05-20 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

A few things that caught my eye this past week

My interview last week on the Tucker Carlson Show [link]

Coherent Circulation Changes in the Deep North Atlantic from 16°N and 26°N Transport Arrays [link]  

Teleconnection between the climates of the...

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