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Towards a marginal Arctic sea ice cover

By: Danny Feltham As the winter night descends on the polar oceans, the surface mixed layer cools and begins to freeze, forming a floating layer of sea ice. Sea ice is a complex and dynamic component of the climate system; … Continue reading →

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Covid-19: Using tools from geophysics to assess, monitor and predict a pandemic

By: Alison Folwer, Alberto Carrassi, Javier Amezcua The emergence of a new coronavirus disease, known as Covid-19, that could be transmitted between people was identified in China in December 2019. By 3rd March 2020 it had spread to every continent … Continue reading →

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Finding the skill of forecasts of extreme precipitation in Southeast Asia

By: Samantha Ferrett Forecasting weather in Southeast Asia Southeast (SE) Asia is prone to high‐impact weather and is often subject to flooding and landslides as a result of heavy rainfall. Just last month Indonesia was hit by heavy rainfall that … Continue reading →

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Sunshine, cracks, fly-tipping, aphids: Phew, what a May!

By: Roger Brugge Those spending more time in their gardens and in local parks and woods in and around Reading due to the current lockdown situation will have noticed how the ground surface had been resembling the look and feel … Continue reading →

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Predicting the impacts of tropical cyclones – when should we trust the forecasts, and when should we not?

By: Rebecca Emerton Between September 2018 and May 2019, a record-breaking 15 tropical storms moved through the southern Indian Ocean. This marked the first season where two intense tropical cyclones, Idai and Kenneth*, made landfall in Mozambique, causing devastating flooding … Continue reading →

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Understanding the role of climate change in the 2018 Kerala floods.

By: Kieran Hunt & Arathy Menon These days, when a weather-related catastrophe occurs, one of the first questions raised in the aftermath is “did this happen because of climate change?”. Because of the stochastic and chaotic nature of weather, it is … Continue reading →

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An overview of a dataset digitized by citizen science volunteers – the 1900-1910 Daily Weather Reports

By: Philip Craig Two years ago the citizen science project Weather Rescue was used to digitize hand-written weather observations from the Met Office’s Daily Weather Reports from the years 1900-1910 (Figure 1). These were, as the name suggests, daily documents … Continue reading →

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The Atmospheres of Two Exoplanets

By: Peter Cook One of the big discoveries of recent decades has been the finding of thousands of exoplanets, and it now seems that most stars have planets.  Remarkably, detailed measurements have now been made of some of these despite … Continue reading →

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What is “net zero” for methane?

By: Bill Collins Recent research is suggesting that the way methane is accounted for in climate targets overemphasises its contribution to climate change at the end of the century. This might mean that countries or sectors (e.g. agriculture) with large … Continue reading →

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Housebuilding ban on floodplains isn’t enough – flood-prone communities should take back control

By: Hannah Cloke February 2020 has brought more than its fair share of bad weather to the north of England, the Midlands and Wales. Shrewsbury, Bewdley and Telford swam in the Severn, while the Ouse invaded York. For some, the … Continue reading →

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