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By National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, Polar Research Board, Ocean Studies Board, Committee on Abrupt Climate Change

ISBN-10: 0309074347

ISBN-13: 9780309074346

Committee on Abrupt weather switch, Ocean stories Board, Polar examine Board, Board on Atmospheric Sciences and weather, department on the earth and lifestyles reports, nationwide examine Council

The weather checklist for the earlier 100,000 years basically shows that the weather procedure has passed through periodic--and frequently extreme--shifts, occasionally in as low as a decade or much less. The motives of abrupt weather adjustments haven't been sincerely demonstrated, however the triggering of occasions could be the results of a number of traditional processes.

Abrupt weather adjustments of the value noticeable some time past might have far-reaching implications for human society and ecosystems, together with significant affects on power intake and water provide calls for. might the sort of switch occur back? Are human actions exacerbating the chance of abrupt weather switch? What are the capability societal effects of any such switch?

Abrupt weather swap: Inevitable Surprises seems to be on the present medical facts and theoretical realizing to explain what's at the moment identified approximately abrupt weather switch, together with styles and magnitudes, mechanisms, and likelihood of incidence. It identifies serious wisdom gaps about the strength for destiny abrupt alterations, together with these facets of switch most crucial to society and economies, and descriptions a examine technique to shut these gaps.

in line with the easiest and most present learn to be had, this e-book surveys the historical past of weather swap and makes a sequence of particular techniques for the longer term.

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2001). This is at least suggestive of a general pattern of relatively more important fluctuations in low-latitude moisture availability during warm times and high-latitude temperatures during cold times. 40 ABRUPT CLIMATE CHANGE Overall, the Eemian is neither stable and boring, nor extraordinarily variable. Most regions for which good data are available record significant and important fluctuations, some of which were abrupt, but with reduced variability compared to during the cooling into and warming out of ice ages.

Sandweiss et al. (2001) suggested that ENSO events were absent or substantially different from more recently between 8,800-5,800 years ago, present but reduced between 5,800-3,200 years ago, and increased to modern levels between 3,200-2,800 years ago, that would be consistent with other data that they summarize. Rodbell et al. (1999) placed the Holocene onset of El Niños at 7,000 years ago, with the beginning of modern levels reached 5,000 years ago. Although there are other hints of important abrupt climate changes in the Holocene record, most of them have not been studied to the degree needed to place them in a coherent context (for example, examined at multiple sites).

The climate signal in southern New England was a 3-4°C July cooling; in eastern Canada, a cooling of 6-7°C is estimated (from pollen). Midge fly fossils in lake sediments from the White Mountains of New Hampshire indicate about 5°C Younger Dryas cooling of maximum summertime lake temperatures, a somewhat smaller change than suggested for a coastal transect from Maine to New Brunswick (Cwynar and Spear, 2001). In the central Appalachians, a warm, wet interval coincident with the Younger Dryas event suggests a sharp climatic gradient that might have forced the northward movement of storm-track moisture (Kneller and Peteet, l999).

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