Lecture 12 (Climate Change: Move to Action (Winter 2008))

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{{#if:Lecture 12 is an extremely brief look at what the surface temperature and precipitation look like. A point of emphasis is the observing system, how well the observing system samples the Earth, and how the observing system has changed with time. There is also an excursion into the vertical temperature structure of the atmosphere, and the challenges of measuring the climate above the surface. The balloon network is described. The strengths and weaknesses of satellite observations are highlighted. Following this discussion of the observing system, observations of both the physical climate and ecological systems are introduced. (This is a poor man's Inconvenient Truth.) The observations are consistent with a warming planet, and biological systems responding to the warming. Is this evidence coherent and convergent? Most of the information is consistent with global warming, but attribution relies on correlative information provided by models and theory.|== Lecture Summary == Lecture 12 is an extremely brief look at what the surface temperature and precipitation look like. A point of emphasis is the observing system, how well the observing system samples the Earth, and how the observing system has changed with time. There is also an excursion into the vertical temperature structure of the atmosphere, and the challenges of measuring the climate above the surface. The balloon network is described. The strengths and weaknesses of satellite observations are highlighted. Following this discussion of the observing system, observations of both the physical climate and ecological systems are introduced. (This is a poor man's Inconvenient Truth.) The observations are consistent with a warming planet, and biological systems responding to the warming. Is this evidence coherent and convergent? Most of the information is consistent with global warming, but attribution relies on correlative information provided by models and theory.|}} {{#if:Powerpoint Lecture 12|===Lecture Link=== Powerpoint Lecture 12|}} {{#if:* A Brief! Overview of Observing System

    • Including, finally, a look or two at observations.
    • Some thinking about the observing system
  • Climate change: Physical Climate
  • Climate change: Biological (Ecological)
    • Independent information?
  • Coherent and convergent evidence?|===Lecture Outline===
  • A Brief! Overview of Observing System
    • Including, finally, a look or two at observations.
    • Some thinking about the observing system
  • Climate change: Physical Climate
  • Climate change: Biological (Ecological)
    • Independent information?
  • Coherent and convergent evidence?|}}

{{#if:IPCC: Executive Summary WG II: Impacts

O'Brien: Winners and Losers in Climate Change

Barnett: Water Availability and Future Climate

Milly: Impact of climate change on water management strategies|== Assigned Reading == IPCC: Executive Summary WG II: Impacts

O'Brien: Winners and Losers in Climate Change

Barnett: Water Availability and Future Climate

Milly: Impact of climate change on water management strategies|}} {{#if:Discussion of 2007 Temperatures from the Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Central England Temperature from the Hadley Center|== Relevant Reading == Discussion of 2007 Temperatures from the Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Central England Temperature from the Hadley Center|}} {{#if:This is a fundamental reference for the impact of climate change on ecosystems: Millennium Ecosystems Assessment|== Foundational References == This is a fundamental reference for the impact of climate change on ecosystems: Millennium Ecosystems Assessment|}} {{#if:|== Relevant Readings Posted by Others == {{{Relevant Readings Posted by Others}}}|}} {{#if:Climate Science, Observations|== Topics Covered == Climate Science, Observations|}} {{#arraymap:Climate Science, Observations|,|q|| }} {{#arraymap:W08|,|q|| }} {{#arraymap:Relevant, Foundational References|,|q|| }}



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