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Unforced Variations: July 2020

This month’s open thread for climate science topics.

Sensitive but unclassified: Part II

The discussion and analysis of the latest round of climate models continues – but not always sensibly. In a previous post, I discussed the preliminary results from the ongoing CMIP6 exercise – an international, multi-institutional, coordinated and massive suite of climate model simulations – and noted that they exhibited a wider range...

Forced responses: Jun 2020

Open thread on climate solutions. Please try and stay within a mile or two of the overall topic.


After an absurd period with a real-life gloomy corona pandemic, lock-down and unrest, it was quite refreshing to see visions for a sustainable future in a new documentary ‘2040‘ (link to trailer). Its message, through the voice of Damon Gameau, is about hope and is based on rational thinking. The video takes us to twenty years fast-forward to...

Unforced variations: Jun 2020

This month’s open thread on climate science issues.

Unforced variations: May 2020

This month’s climate science open thread.

Nenana Ice Classic 2020

Readers may recall my interest in phenological indicators of climate change, and ones on which $300K rest are a particular favorite. The Nenana Ice Classic is an annual tradition since 1917, and provides a interesting glimpse into climate change in Alaska. This year’s break-up of ice has just happened (unofficially, Apr 27, 12:56pm AKST), and,...

Regional climate modeling and some common omissions 

There is a growing need for local climate information in order to update our understanding of risks connected to the changing weather and prepare for new challenges. This need has been an important motivation behind the World Meteorological Organisation’s (WMO) Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS). There has also been a lot of work carried...

A problem with YouTube

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) started to stream sessions at their annual meeting in San Francisco a few years ago. This kind of participation over the Internet is a nice alternative since many scholars are unable to attend the AGU meetings due to distance, time constraints, time difference and cost.   I watched some of the talks, and the streaming...

Forced variations: Apr 2020

Open thread for climate solutions.

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