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Zipingpu Reservoir reveals climate-tectonics interplay around 2008 Wenchuan earthquake

(Chinese Academy of Sciences Headquarters) A new study led by Prof. JIN Zhangdong from the Institute of Earth Environment (IEE) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences provided a new insight on the interplay between climate and tectonics from a sediment record in the Zipingpu Reservoir around the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake.

From rain to flood

(Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) ) Extreme weather events, such as thunderstorms or heavy rainfall and the resulting floods, influence Earth and environmental systems in the long term. To holistically study the impacts of hydrological extremes — from precipitation to water entering the ground to discharge to flow into the ocean — a measurement campaign at Müglitztal/Saxony is about to start under the MOSES Helmholtz Initiative. The measurement campaign is coordinated by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

Using prevalent technologies and ‘Internet of Things’ data for atmospheric science

(Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences) The use of prevalent technologies and crowdsourced data may benefit weather forecasting and atmospheric research. The data from these new ‘sensors’ could be assimilated into high-resolution numerical prediction models, and thus may lead to improvements in forecasting capabilities. The contribution to public health and safety as a result could potentially be of significant value.

Extreme Precipitation Expected to Increase with Warming Planet – Eos

The simplest thermodynamic equations make it clear that warmer air can hold more moisture than colder air: The Clausius-Clapeyron equation shows that for every 1°C temperature increase, Earth’s atmosphere can hold 7% more water. The reality of global climate science,…

Climate Change: Is There Anything It Can’t Do?

I wrote a couple of weeks ago about the fact that Lake Superior and other Great Lakes were nearing record high levels this year. Which was bad, of course–flooding and so on. Was it due to climate change? Perhaps. But…