CLIMATE CHANGE ROUND UP FOR THE WEEK ENDING June 13, 2020

WEEKLY QUOTE:

Climate sensitivity is the holy grail of climate science. It is the prime indicator of climate risk. For 40 years, it has been around 3C. Now, we are suddenly starting to see big climate models on the best supercomputers showing things could be worse than we thought.

Johan Rockström, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
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NEWS AND VIEWS FROM AROUND THE WEB ON CLIMATE CHANGE

Patterns in permafrost soils could help climate change models

The Arctic covers about 20% of the planet. But almost everything hydrologists know about the carbon-rich soils blanketing its permafrost comes from very few measurements taken just feet from Alaska’s Dalton Highway.

The small sample size is a problem, particularly for scientists studying the role of Arctic hydrology on climate change. Permafrost soils hold vast amounts of carbon, which could turn into greenhouse gases. But the lack of data makes it difficult to predict what will happen to water and carbon as warming temperatures melt permafrost.

New National Science Foundation-funded research led by scientists at the University of Texas at Austin may help solve that problem. The work was conducted at NSF’s Arctic Long-Term Ecological Research site.

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