The Creation of Weather
The Source of Weather
The Sun, apparently active for the past 4.6 billion years, is responsible not only for the existence of weather, but for the mere existence of life on Earth. The main [...]
Structure of the Sun
The sun is structured in five zones or layers, which ordered from in-to-out, are: The core – it has an estimated temperature of 27 million Fahrenheit degrees (14 million Celsius degrees) [...]
Radiation is an important factor in the process of turning solar energy into weather. Generally speaking, it is defined as energy that is transmitted in the form of rays, waves [...]
Solar wind is a stream of particles (mostly high-energy protons) which are ejected from the upper atmosphere of the Sun and move radially from it. The Sun's atmosphere is a [...]
In the Solar System, the Earth is the third planet of eight considering its distance from the Sun. It is one of the smallest, with a radius of about 3.945 [...]
Structure of the Earth
The story starts five billion years ago, when the immense amount of caloric energy generated by a high-velocity bombardment of meteorites and comets melted the entire planet. Different processes led to [...]
Earth's rotation can be defined as the rotatory motion of the Earth with respect to its center of mass. While traveling around the Sun, our planet is spinning west to [...]
Revolution is defined as the rotatory motion of a celestial body around another. The complete revolution of the Earth’s orbit around the sun takes 365 ¼ days, which explains the [...]
The Earth’s tilt is the angle at which the Earth’s axis is leaning with respect to the Sun. The Earth’s axis is not perpendicular to its orbital plane: it [...]
It is defined as a magnetic shell that surrounds the planet. It is asymmetrically shaped, as it is delimited by the pressure of the solar wind, in the direction of [...]
Van Allen Belts
The Van Allen Belts were discovered in the late 1950s, and surround the Earth representing two regions of a particularly high concentration of charged particles. The inner belt occupies a [...]
The atmosphere is the gaseous area –the whole mass of aeriform fluid- that surrounds the planet, which controls the climate and ultimately determines the quality of life on Earth.
Where action takes place...
The atmosphere is made of: oxygen ozone water vapor nitrogen noble gases visible and non visible solid particles Oxygen and nitrogen constitute about 99 percent of it. Water vapor in humid regions can occupy up to 3% [...]
Depth and Structure
The atmosphere is structured in five concentric spherical thermal layers or "-spheres", separated by narrow transition zones or "-pauses-". The upper boundary at which gases merge into space lies at [...]
Absorption and Reflection
Absorption and reflection are two of the processes that occur to solar radiation as it passes through the atmosphere; solar radiation is modified due to its interaction with gases and [...]
The Weather Builders
Moisture, Pressure & Temperature Control the Air
These three physical properties, pressure, temperature and humidity, are basic weather builders, determining by themselves and by their interaction how air is going to behave. Changes in moisture, pressure and [...]
The atmospheric pressure is the force exerted on any point of Earth’s surface by the weight of the column of air above it. Air molecules have volume, weight, mass and [...]
When heat enters a substance, energy comes into it as well. That energy can be used to increase the rate of movement (kinetic energy) of the molecules, which would cause [...]
Life in the planet is possible because of the presence of water. Air contains moisture, that is, water vapor, which absorbs energy very well and prevents Earth’s heat from escaping [...]
Air Masses (upper level)
Knowing about air masses provides interesting information about the kind of weather to expect. An air mass can be defined as a large body of air that has relatively uniform characteristics, [...]
Types of Air Masses
According to the source region, air masses are classified as: P – Polar Air Masses, originated in polar latitudes, located pole-ward of 60 degrees north and south. T – Tropical Air Masses, [...]
Pressure Systems (upper level)
Air pressure is a measure (in millibars) of the force exerted by air on every point of Earth’s surface. The concept of pressure system refers to a region of the [...]
Pressure system: “individual cyclonic-scale feature of atmospheric circulation commonly used to denote either a high or a low, less commonly a ridge or trough”. Cyclone - also named as depression, or [...]
Internal dynamic of highs and lows
Air rotates around highs in an anticyclonic (clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere) direction while spiraling outward from the high pressure center. Such spreading out of the air is known as [...]
Semipermanent Highs and Lows
They are areas of high pressure (anticyclones) and low pressure (cyclones) that tend to persist at a particular latitude belt throughout the year, averaged over long periods of time. Semi-permanent [...]
Creation of fronts
A front is the relatively sudden transition zone between air masses. Fronts are not permanent features; they form and intensify in a process known as frontogenesis. The arrival of a new [...]
Troughs & Ridges
A ridge is an axis or line of high atmospheric pressure, depicted on a weather map as a rise in an isobar; a system of nearly parallel isobars, approximately u-shaped, [...]
Back in the 1680s, Edmond Halley (1656-1742), discovered the key element of the planet’s global circulation: warm air near the equator rises, it flows out toward the poles at high [...]
It is an apparent force, due to the rotation of the Earth, which acts normal to, and to the right of the velocity of a moving particle in the Northern [...]
The Westerlies are global-scale, dominant mid-latitude winds that blow from the subtropical high pressure belt toward the polar front. They come from the west, which characterize the mid-latitudes both north [...]
The jet stream is a flat tubular quasi-horizontal current of air, generally near the tropopause, whose axis is along a line of maximum speed and which is characterized by strong [...]
An ocean current can be defined as a horizontal movement of seawater at the ocean's surface. Ocean currents are driven by the circulation of wind above surface waters. The surface layer [...]
Precipitation is any form of water falling from the atmosphere to the Earth’s surface. It is the process by which atmospheric water becomes surface, or subsurface water. The term "precipitation" [...]
How do droplets form?
Water is available on the Earth in the following three forms: vapor, liquid and solid. A phase change (water changing from one state to another) is possible only if heat [...]
Formation Models of Precipitation
Most clouds do not precipitate. In fact, most water droplets in clouds have such a small size that they do not fall to the surface. There are two models, developed by [...]
Forms of precipitation
We have stated that, from a meteorological point of view, precipitation is water in some form, falling out of the air, and settling on the surface of the Earth. We [...]
Precipitation quantity or precipitation amount is the depth of water in any of its forms (rain, snow, etc.) that has fallen over a given period; it is measured in a [...]
Cloud seeding is a form of weather modification. It can be used to disperse fog, suppress hail, or control winds, but it is most often used to increase precipitation. Cloud seeding [...]
A cloud is a hydrometeor, seen as an aggregate of minute particles of liquid water or ice, or of both, suspended in the free air, usually not touching the ground. [...]
Formation of clouds
Clouds are created by condensation or deposition of water above the Earth's surface. In general, any air mass that becomes saturated (relative humidity becomes 100%) develops clouds. Saturation can occur due to: cooling moisture gain (from Earth´s surface [...]
Classification of clouds
Clouds are classified according to appearance and height. Based on appearance, there are two major types: Clouds of vertical development, cumuliform, formed by the condensation of rising unstable air –heaped clouds-. Clouds that [...]
Winds (mainly surface)
Wind: air in motion relative to the surface of the Earth. Vertical components of atmospheric motion are relatively small, so the term is used to denote almost exclusively the horizontal [...]
Formation of winds
Different forces acting in the atmosphere are involved in wind formation: Gravity - makes cold dense air to sink and when it impacts on the ground, it spreads horizontally. Pressure - differences [...]
Types of winds
There are different types of winds: Light air: Light air in the Beaufort wind scale is a wind with a speed from 1 to 3 knots (1 to 3 MPH or 2 [...]
Beaufort wind scale: - A system of estimating and reporting wind speeds using a numerical scale ranging from 0 (calm) to 12 (hurricane). - The purpose for this system was to allow [...]
The Effects (mainly Surface Weather)
Fronts are the narrow zone of division between air masses of differing characteristics (temperature and humidity). They form where two large air masses collide at the Earth's surface. Two air masses [...]
Types of fronts
Cold front: Occurs when a dense cold air mass moves towards an area of warmer weather; cold air displaces lighter warmer air, pushing it upward; the front is the leading edge [...]
Highs & Lows
High: an area of the atmosphere where the pressure is high relative to that in the surrounding region at the same level. It is always associated with anti-cyclonic circulation (clockwise [...]
Air flow and circulation
The pressure is high at the surface where air is slowly descending. In fact, a high is an area of sinking air. As air descends, it warms, which inhibits the [...]
It is the path followed by a cyclonic disturbance, for example, a center of low atmospheric pressure, a severe thunderstorm, or a tornado. It also roughly corresponds to the mean trajectory [...]
Storms are organized areas of disturbed weather, especially those affecting the Earth's surface, implying inclement and possibly destructive weather. They can be considered: As a complex of pressure, wind, clouds, precipitation, etc. [...]
Types of storms
Thunderstorm A thunderstorm is a local storm, invariably produced by a cumulonimbus cloud and always accompanied by lightning and thunder, usually with strong gusts of wind, heavy rain, and sometimes with [...]
It is any cyclone of non frontal synoptic scale, originated over tropical or subtropical waters, that presents an organized convection and a cyclonic circulation characterized by surface winds. Being one of [...]
Favorable conditions for formation of fronts
Warm ocean waters (at least 80°F or 26.5°C). An atmosphere potentially unstable to moist convection. Thunderstorm activity. Relatively moist layers near the mid-troposphere. A minimum distance of at least 300 mi (500 km) from [...]
Characteristics of a Tropical Cyclone
The surface winds spiral inward cyclonically, becoming almost circular near the center. The cloud and rain patterns are distinctive in each storm. Spiral bands in the outer vortex. Most intense rain and winds [...]
Classification of Tropical Cyclones
Tropical disturbance: light surface winds with indications of cyclonic circulation. Tropical depression: a closed wind circulation and maximum sustained speed of 23-39 MPH (37 to 62 KPH) surface winds. Tropical storm: cyclone [...]
Hurricanes and Typhoons
A hurricane is a very severe tropical cyclone. Characteristics: A diameter of 310 miles (500 km). Winds of 75 MPH (118 KPH) or more. Winds blow drawing a large spiral around a center of [...]
Rise and onshore surge of seawater as the result of the winds of a storm, and secondarily of the surface pressure drop near the storm’s center. Large crest of water, 50 [...]
Floods & Droughts
The extremes of flood and drought occur within the context of climate, a context that is both local and global. The cadence of wet and dry years is difficult to [...]
Floods - causes, types and effects
Flood is the overflowing of the normal confines of a body of water, usually a stream, or the accumulation of water over areas that are not normally submerged. During the past [...]
Droughts - causes, types and effects
Drought is a period of abnormally dry weather long enough to cause a serious hydrological imbalance. It can be defined as a deficiency of precipitation over an extended period of [...]
Related phenomena: El Niño and La Niña
These ocean-atmospheric systems responsible for noticeable cyclical changes in the temperature of water surface in the Pacific Ocean are the kind of event that can change the location of areas [...]
Near sunrise and sunset, in a clear day, the sky can adopt a particularly beautiful coloration. Virtually every color of the spectrum shows up at these times of the day [...]
Types of celestial phenomena
Different types of celestial phenomena: Rainbow Rainbows are colored, circular (or nearly circular) concentric arcs, ranging from violet to red, formed by refraction or diffraction of solar or moon light on water [...]
The Climates of the World
A great number of scientists that gather climate data, use computer models to simulate future climate, and not surprisingly, they do not agree on what is coming ahead. Climate change is [...]
The Ozone Hole
The Ozone Hole is a characteristic severe depletion of stratospheric ozone that occurs each spring over the Antarctic continent. Although it is known as the Ozone Hole, “hole” gives the [...]
The Greenhouse Effect
There are certain gases in the atmosphere, called greenhouse gases, which permit the income of solar radiation but restrict the outward flow of infrared radiation, storing the heat by absorbing [...]
Air pollution is defined as the presence of substances in the atmosphere, generally contaminants, particularly those that do not occur naturally (anthropogenic air pollution), that substantially alter or degrade the [...]
International Initiatives regarding Future Climate: The creation (in 1988) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is a proof of the international concern on future climate. The reports produced by this [...]
Recording Climate Changes
Having enough and accurate information about climate in the past, and the constant changes it has been undergoing, is a real challenge for scientists, as it cannot be done directly, [...]
Recording climate change methods: Tree rings - In a horizontal cross section cut from a tree trunk, variable width of rings are observed; these were produced by seasonal growth. The combination [...]
Through Time & Its Reasons
Change is the only constant. It has been going on in the planet for an estimated 4.5 billion years, since its creation.
Climate change is any systematic change in the long-term statistics of climate elements (e.g. temperature, winds, atmospheric pressure) which is persistent over several decades or more. In a timeframe, there is a [...]
Causes of Climate Change
Ice Ages Astronomical perturbations Geological perturbations Ocean Conveyor Belt Human activities 1. Ice Ages Let’s draw an imaginary time line and try to situate the different events of the planet’s history, from more than 120 million [...]
Climate Zones around the World
Climatic classification is the division of the Earth's climates into a worldwide system of contiguous regions; each one of them is characterized by a relative homogeneity of the climatic elements, [...]
Classification of climate zones
Tropical Humid Climates (A): Location: on or near the Equator, as the Amazon Basin in South America, central Africa and Southeast Asia. Classification Criteria: 1) the mean temperature of the coldest [...]
While climate classification can tell us what is expected in a given location, averaged over a lengthy period of time, the following flashes suggest how the weather evolves in a [...]
Difference between Climate & Weather
Weather and climate are not the same, and they should not be confused. Definition of Weather: state or condition of the atmosphere at a given place at a particular time, as [...]
Geographical & Seasonal Variances
Geographical & Seasonal Variances
In the evaluation of natural climate variability (geographical and seasonal) some factors stand out because of their impact on global climate: “El Niño” and its counterpart “La Niña”, Monsoon circulations [...]
El Niño and La Niña
Although its history goes back at least to the year 1500, it was not until the late 90s when most people around the world had heard about the existence of [...]
Monsoon: seasonal wind, actually a global scale seasonal thermal direct circulation caused by the configuration of land and ocean, in southern Asia and some other locations in the world. This winds, [...]
Ocean current: movement of ocean water characterized by regularity, either of a cyclical nature or, more commonly, a continuous stream flowing along a definable path. The major ocean currents are [...]
Areas of Forecasting
Every morning, millions of people around the world, are curious about what the weather will be like that day. Depending on where you live and what you do, the weather [...]
Most common areas of weather forecasting
The most common areas of weather forecasting are: Agricultural Forecasts: For a farmer, the information included in a regular forecast (temperature, humidity, cloud cover, probability of precipitation) is not enough. Apart from [...]
Meteorologists use a variety of tools to help them gather information about weather and climate. Some of these tools allow meteorologists to gather data about what is happening near Earth's [...]
What is a weather forecast?
A Weather Forecast is a deterministic or probabilistic statement of expected meteorological conditions for a specific period and for a specific area or portion of air space. It is [...]
There are a few properties of the atmosphere which are key elements for weather determination: temperature, humidity and air pressure. A set of tools or instruments have been created -some [...]
The demand for customized forecasts has been growing steadily. Commercial meteorological companies offer a wide variety of tailored forecasts for specific applications. Among these special applications are forecasts produced for [...]
Weather information started to be available for the masses when in the late 1800s, the New York Times began publishing a small section that summarized the previous day’s weather and [...]
In 1922, the first radio broadcasted weather forecast went on air, transmitted by the BBC; short time after, hundreds of radios around the world were broadcasting weather information. Radio stations are [...]
With pioneer attempts in 1936 and 1941, television exploded in the 1950s, and weather forecasts became part of the daily broadcast. The first “weatherperson” was a cartoon, and then this [...]
The Internet is a mechanism for world-wide information dissemination, in every term. It presents both a challenge and opportunity for weather forecast companies. It has limitations: It is not a good medium [...]
The latest technological advances allowed the existence of this new source of weather information distribution; there are many companies around the world offering this service on your cell phone. This [...]
The elaboration of a weather forecast is no easy task. It is quite obvious that the atmosphere is highly complex place, a space lacking in linear behavior. The latest technological [...]
Forecast elaboration process
The elaboration of a weather forecast is no easy task. It is quite obvious that the atmosphere is a highly complex place, a space lacking in linear behavior. Forecast elaboration process: Weather [...]
A bit of history...
The bases for modern weather prediction were founded by the scientists from late 1600s into the 1800s. Among others, Newton and Boyle announced the basic rules that control the expansion [...]
Practically every country in the world has its own national weather service, but not many have full-blown global weather models, focused at a single location where supercomputers are present. Supercomputers [...]
Basic forecasted elements
Temperature: the quantity measured by a thermometer, expressed in degrees, Celsius, Kelvin or Fahrenheit, according to the scale. In a weather forecast, low and high temperatures are indicated. In a [...]
Short and Long Range forecasts
There is a spectrum of outlooks that extend from one or two hours to a year or more ahead. The most common types are: nowcasts, short, medium and long-range forecasts. Nowcasts [...]
Chaos Theory and Butterfly Effect
Edward Norton Lorenz, an American pioneer in the chaos theory says that every improvement in the understanding and processing of meteorological data can make weather forecast more accurate, but only [...]
One of the main responsibilities of the National Weather Services around the world is to warn the public about hazardous weather conditions, such as floods, severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, snow and [...]
Maps & Symbols
A weather map is a graphical representation of relevant meteorological information. The weather map that we see on a newspaper or on TV is quite different from a technical synoptic [...]
It is considered a weather map, any graphical display of the distribution of meteorological data over a given area. Also called synoptic charts or weather charts, they are geographical maps on [...]
Weather Icons and Symbols
Symbols and icons are not the same. On a weather map we may find both coexisting. An icon is a sign which refers to the object that it denotes merely by [...]
How to read a weather map...
The features that appear on a typical weather map (which represents surface weather) are: High and Low Pressure Areas - designated by a capital and large blue H or red L, [...]
History of Meteorology
History of Meteorology
Humankind has been always fascinated by celestial phenomena, and observed them since the beginning of times. Meteorology, as a “branch of knowledge” started virtually when early men look up to [...]
From those beginning of orally transmitted knowledge to the latest satellite images, many fundamental events took place. Here there are many of the most transcendent ones, in a chronological order: C1060 [...]
Extremes in weather such as floods, droughts, storms and other extreme weather events are part of the natural variability in climate. Extreme weather: weather phenomena that are at the extremes of [...]
World Weather Disasters
Hereunder, there is a quite vast list of world weather disasters, according to different criteria, being the main three the number of fatalities, economical losses and peculiarity of the phenomena [...]
Weather extremes are the highest and, in some cases, the lowest value of a climatic element (typically temperature and precipitation) observed during a given interval or during a given month [...]
World Weather Records
Highest temperature: 136º F (57.8º C), El Azizia, Libya, on Sept. 13, 1922. Highest average annual mean temperature: 94º F (34.4º C), in Dallol, Ethiopia. Hottest summer average in Western Hemisphere: 98º [...]
Weather Safety & Health
Illnesses related to weather:
There are a number of illnesses whose appearance and development are related to weather elements. Colds, allergies, heat and cold-related illnesses as well as S.A.D. and skin cancer are some [...]
Colds and Influenza Virus
Colds and the influenza virus (commonly named as flu) are usually related to autumn and winter; they are linked to cold weather or to sudden temperature changes. These are two [...]
Allergies - Symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis: sneezing watery eyes runny noses congestion and itchiness in the nose, roof of mouth, throat, eyes and ears. Allergic rhinitis or hay fever, are triggered by allergens, substances that [...]
Heat-Related Illnesses- Extreme heat can kill by taxing the human body beyond its abilities to shed heat by circulation and sweating. When this happens, heat-related illness may develop. These include: Heat [...]
Cold related illnesses: When exposed to cold temperatures or a cool, damp environment for prolonged periods, your body's control mechanisms may fail to keep your body temperature normal. Cold weather can [...]
Skin cancer and other UV related disorders
Skin cancer: It is the most common form of human cancer. Since the 80's, we have become aware of the health threats posed by ozone depletion, which decreases our atmosphere's natural protection [...]
Seasonal Affective Disorder
The end of long sunny days, bright colors and green leaves, the arrival of cold blasts of wind and snow produce in some people depressing thoughts, which are a possible [...]
Precautions to take during:
In hazardous weather conditions, taking precautions and safety actions is key to prevent people from dying or getting seriously hurt. The first safety tip is not to underestimate the power [...]
In case of thunderstorm and lightning
You should... Monitor the radio, listening for severe thunderstorm watches and warnings. Go to a small interior room on the lowest floor of your residence, school or office. Stay away from windows. If time [...]
In case of tornadoes...
At home: You should have an identified place to take shelter (underground area –basement- otherwise, an interior room). Stay away from windows. You should have an emergency alert weather radio, if available in [...]
In case of Hurricanes...
You MUST stay away from the ocean during a hurricane warning or hurricane, so move on to land. If you live in an evacuation area, you should know your home’s susceptibility [...]
In case of Floods...
Stay away from areas subject to flooding: streams, creeks, and low areas. In urban areas, stay away from underpasses. Do not attempt to cross flooded areas in a car or truck: If [...]
In case of Rip Current...
Learn how to swim and know your ability to swim in ocean waters and strong currents. If possible, always swim at beaches staffed by lifeguards or beach patrols and heed their [...]
In case of Snowstorms...
Prepare a Winter Storm Plan: Have extra blankets at hand. Ensure that each member of your household has a warm coat, gloves or mittens, hat, and water-resistant boots. Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit [...]
In case of Avalanche...
Learn to recognize avalanche terrain and heed avalanche warnings. Avoid these areas. Prepare to travel in a group at all times. Every member needs proper equipment including a checked transceiver, shovel [...]
Non-Scientific Ways to predict Weather
People have been building their knowledge about weather since the beginning of time, basically through observation, until the arrival of modern technology. Scientific investigation allowed the production of forecasts with a [...]
Animals respond to changes in the atmosphere (e.g.: a pressure drop), which take place before a change in weather occurs (e.g.: rain). Ants - when they move to higher ground, it [...]
Sayings and Proverbs
When looking at weather proverbs, once again we should keep in mind that they not based on scientific studies, but on someone´s observations; they can eventually have local value. For ages, [...]
The Farmer’s Almanac is a classic in many countries. Apart from providing a guide on planting and harvesting, it includes weather forecasts, especially long range weather forecast as Farmer’s Almanacs [...]
Almost every topic in life can be subject of jokes and funny stories. Weather is not the exception and neither are weathermen. In some countries, especially in regions of severe [...]
Some Weather Jokes: What did one tornado say to another? "Let's blow this town!" Did you hear about the weather forecaster who quit her job after making a wrong forecast? She said [...]
It was autumn, and the Indians on the remote reservation asked their new Chief if the winter was going to be cold or mild. Since he was a new Indian [...]
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Dr Gab Abramowitz - Climate model evaluation, climate model ensembles, probabilistic forecasts, applied maths in climate research (e.g neural networks and clustering, non-linear time series analysis/chaos theory), land surface, ecological and hydrological modelling.
Dr Lisa Alexander - Climate variability and change especially extreme events, global dataset development, observational analysis, global climate model evaluation and intercomparison, statistical modelling including extreme value theory, large scale modes of variability and climate drivers, data rescue.
Prof. Matthew England - Ocean dynamics (especially in the Southern Ocean and around the Antarctic margin), the ocean's thermohaline circulation, modes of climate variability (including El Nino, Indian Ocean Dipole, Southern Annular Mode), and global climate processes.
Dr Jason Evans - Land-atmosphere interactions, water cycle processes, remote sensing of the land surface, land surface & hydrological modelling, regional climate modelling, fire spread and fire-atmosphere interactions, climate change impacts especially on fresh water resources and agriculture.
Dr Donna Green - Broad area of vulnerability to climate impacts, resilience, climate justice, climate adaptation and mitigation options through changing domestic energy policy. Impacts on remote communities and indigenous Australians are of particular interest.
Dr Melissa Hart - the impact of land-use, surface characteristics and anthropogenic activities on the climate of cities, quantification of the magnitude of the urban heat island (UHI), weather and climate sensitivity of energy consumption, air pollution meteorology, statistical climatology.
Dr Angela M. Maharaj- Ocean’s role in interannual to inter-decadal and gyre to global scale processes which dominate climate variability/change, using satellite and in-situ observations: internal waves, mode waters, climate modes and primary productivity.
Dr Katrin Meissner - Earth System Science, with special emphasis on abrupt climate change, as well as feedbacks and thresholds in the climate system. The role of oceans in climate change/variability; Earth System Modelling (ocean, land, atmosphere, cryosphere, biosphere) addressing past and future climate change. Geophysical fluid dynamics, biogeochemistry, palaeoproxy data - model comparison, isotope modelling.
Prof. Andy Pitman - Land surface processes, global and regional modelling, projections of future mean and extreme climate, vegetation dynamics, carbon cycle, abrupt climate change, probabilistic projections of climate change.
Dr Alex Sen Gupta - The effects of climate change and variability on ocean circulation, its physical characteristic and how this affects marine species; marine heat waves; IPCC model evaluation and climate projections; the effect of climate variability (e.g. ENSO, SAM, IOD) on regional climate variability and change.
Prof. Steve Sherwood - Physical processes controlling Earth’s climate sensitivity, clouds, water vapour, precipitation, and interactions across scales. Modeling and analysis of global satellite and in-situ observations. Identifying and improving flaws in current climate models.
Dr Agus Santoso - Dynamics of tropical climate variability, such as El Nino Southern Oscillation, Indian Ocean Dipole, Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation, including their inter-basin interactions via the atmospheric bridge and ocean gateways (e.g., Indonesian Throughflow), and how they respond to external forcing (e.g., greenhouse gas, geological changes).
Dr Markus Donat - Variability and predictability of climate extremes, changes of extremes under global warming, teleconnections and large-scale drivers of climate extremes, processes and local feedbacks amplifying extremes, climate model evaluation.
Dr Laurie Menviel - Global climate and carbon cycle: Past changes in oceanic circulation and their impact on climate and carbon cycle as well as long term changes in climate and carbon cycle.
Dr Alejandro Di Luca - Climate model evaluation and the added value of regional climate models, very high-resolution simulations of climate processes and regional climate changes especially related with Australian east coast cyclones.
Dr Paul Spence - Development and analysis of numerical ocean and sea-ice models to understand connections between ocean physics and global climate.
Dr Leela Frankcombe - Decadal to multidecadal variability of the climate system, in particular the oceans, using both observations and climate models.
Dr Andréa Taschetto - Effects of the ocean interannual to decadal variability to the atmospheric circulation, rainfall variability associated to climate modes of variability such as droughts and floods caused by the El Niño Southern Oscillation, atmospheric teleconnections in the Southern Hemisphere.
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