Archive for November, 2011

An insurance industry perspective on the latest IPCC report

By Jane Strachan Last Friday saw the release of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Managing the Risk of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX). This report has sparked much interest in the insurance sector, an industry I work with through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership – connecting […]

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climate hosepipes and archive swimming pools

Climate scientists from around the world have spent the last few years preparing for, and now running and analysing the results for the fifth global climate model intercomparison project (CMIP5). The aim of CMIP5 is to get many (eventually in excess of twenty) modelling groups to run simulations of past and future climate that conform […]

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Tell me a story… How do climate perceptions match up to observations?

By Helen Greatrex. “I don’t know the reasons, but I know the climate is changing,” Medhin Reda, a 45-year-old farmer eking a living for her family from two rain-fed fields in northern Ethiopia, said. “I don’t really remember drought seasons as a child… The rain was good.” [1] The world would be nothing without stories.  […]

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A day in the life of a mission scientist

During June 2011 I was involved in some long-awaited fieldwork in Africa. The purpose of the fieldwork was to obtain measurements of the sparsely observed Sahara Desert (see image showing locations of synops and AERONET stations) in order to better understand Saharan climate. In particular, we want to understand how the Saharan heat low develops […]

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