Scientists develop new approach to support future climate projections

Seascape (courtesy of Leighton Rolley)

Scientists have developed a new approach for evaluating past climate sensitivity data to help improve comparison with estimates of long-term climate projections developed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Warming climate makes tropical cyclones more frequent

Hurricane Sandy off the Cayman Trough (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?

Long term sea level rise due to fossil fuels assessed

Burning fossil fuels

A new study indicates that burning all the Earth’s reserves of fossil fuels could alone cause sea levels to rise by as much as five metres – with levels continuing to rise for typically 500 years after carbon dioxide emissions ceased.

Measuring the impact of storms on river and estuarine pollution

A red tide in Empress Dock, Southampton

A team of scientists have won over £1 million from the Natural Environment Research Council to monitor the effect of storms on pollution in a river / estuary in Hampshire.

Climate change stories from the abyss

Co-chief Scientists Heiko Pälike, NOC and Hiroshi Nishi (Co-chief Scientist, Hokkaido University, Japan) in the Core Lab (© IODP)

A team of scientists, including University of Southampton scientists who are based at the National Oceanography Centre, have shed new light on the world’s history of climate change.

CHANGE to Marine Life Talk programme - 2 August 2012

Marine Life Talks

Climate Change: The science behind the spin, 19.30pm at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton –

by Michael Henehan

Classic Maya Civilization collapse related to modest rainfall reductions

A Mayan temple in the Kingdom of Tikal; one of the most prominent of the Classic Period

A new study reports that the disintegration of the Maya Civilization may have been related to relatively modest reductions in rainfall.

Climate impact of Arctic Ocean subject of major new study

Greenland viewed from space (courtesy of <a href="">NASA</a>)

Future changes in the climate of the Arctic Ocean – and their possible impact on the climate of the United Kingdom and globally – are the subject of a major new study, supported by a £2.4 million grant from the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

Measuring air-sea exchange of carbon dioxide in the open ocean

The exchange of gases between the oceans and the atmosphere has an important influence on climate

A team led by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre have measured the air-sea exchange of carbon dioxide in the open ocean at higher wind speed then anyone else has ever managed. Their findings are important for understanding how interactions between the oceans and the atmosphere influence climate.

MCCIP annual report card launched: impacts of climate change on UK seas

Scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) have made a substantial scientific contribution to the Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP)’s third Annual Report Card, which was launched on Thursday 15 July by UK environment ministers at the British-Irish Council meeting at Newcastle University’s Dove Marine Laboratory.