Climate and sea Level

Dr Elizabeth Kent being presented with the Adrian Gill Prize by Professor Joanna Haigh, President of the RMS
The Royal Meteorological Society (RMS) has presented Dr Elizabeth Kent with the prestigious Adrian Gill Prize at its Annual General Meeting in London this month. Dr Elizabeth Kent, from the UK’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC), was...
Sea ice
Scientists have, for the first time, demonstrated that climate models are able to simulate past abrupt changes in the Earth’s climate – giving more confidence in predictions of future global climate change. The study, which was...
Hurricane Katrina. Image credit: NASA/SVS
Extreme storm events of the magnitude of Hurricane Katrina will occur more frequently because of climate change, according to a new study involving the National Oceanography Centre in Liverpool. The research, published in PNAS this week, concluded...
Fossil and modern coccolithophore cells of species Toweius pertusus and Coccolithus pelagicus. Courtesy of Paul Bown,UCL
Microscopic ocean algae called coccolithophores are providing clues about the impact of climate change both now and many millions of years ago. The study found that their response to environmental change varies between species, in terms of how...
Floods dominate the news at the moment, with very heavy rainfall in short periods causing damage and disruption across the country. It is difficult to quantify the impact on the lives of people who are forced to leave flooded homes, or the true...
Hurricane Sandy off the Cayman Trough (image courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory)
Are there more tropical cyclones now than in the past – or are we just hearing more about them through media, and detecting them more successfully with satellites? That is the question addressed in new research from Denmark’s Niels Bohr...
Mayan temple
A new study reports that the disintegration of the Maya Civilization may have been related to relatively modest reductions in rainfall. The study was led by Professors Martín Medina-Elizalde of the Yucatan Center for Scientific Research in Mexico...
In the top 1000 metres of the North Atlantic the currents carry heat toward the Arctic. Beneath this poleward flowing current there is an equal and opposite return flow. These currents are referred to as the Thermohaline Circulation (THC) of the...
The Arctic is the most rapidly warming region of the Earth, leading to a net loss of ice in glaciers and ice sheets and a significant reduction of summer sea ice cover. These changes to land and sea ice are likely to change the currents of the...
Ocean currents transport heat globally around the earth. Data from ice cores reveals that the pathways of the ocean currents have undergone major changes in a relatively short timescale of around 100 years. The associated change in heat transport...

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