Category Archives: Climate

What Does A Probability Of Rainfall Mean?

By: Tom Frame Here is a question that you may think has a simple answer – but surveys have often indicated people misinterpret it. So why is this question difficult to answer? This blog entry is about why the probability … Continue reading

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Practical Problems when Simulating the Earth

By: David Case In principle, to simulate the earth should be a doddle. We know that it’s made of such things as molecules, crystals and atoms, and the forces between these derive from charged particles, and these do little more … Continue reading

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How Can We Improve the Health Sector’s Climate Resilience?

By: Katty Huang and Andrew Charlton-Perez The Problem Weather and climate can have great impacts on human health. One aspect of this is in relation to temperature exposure. In the UK, around 9% of deaths are associated with too warm … Continue reading

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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 Fowler, 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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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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Sea Surface Temperature Climate Data Record

By: Owen Embury Oceans cover over 70% of the Earth’s surface and knowing its temperature is crucial for understanding both weather and climate. Historically, sea surface temperatures (SSTs) have been measured in situ – from ships and automated buoys – … Continue reading

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Measuring Lake Water Temperature From Space

by: Laura Carrea ‘Climate change’, and ‘global warming’: these have been two of the most referenced terms in the media in the past few years.  These words sometimes generate controversy and discussion not only on social media or between friends, … Continue reading

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Do cuts in particle pollution accelerate climate change?

By: Richard Allan  Glorious weather over much of the UK in April 2020 replaced the seemingly relentless winter rain, sodden ground and flooding, making the lockdown bearable for those lucky enough to be able to enjoy time outside. I was … Continue reading

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Weather in Cameroon and Adaptation Plan for Climate Change

By: Chimene Daleu The Republic of Cameroon is a country in central Africa. The country extends from the coast of the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean through west-central Africa to Lake Chad. The majority of Cameroon has a … Continue reading

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