Urgent research needed on predicting future regional climate change, report demands

Urgent research needed on predicting future regional climate change, report demands
Crucial research into the changing spatial patterns of future climate patterns is urgently needed.

Crucial research into the changing spatial patterns of future climate patterns is urgently needed, a new review article has concluded.

An international team of scientists has called for to give a greater focus to predicting regional in the coming decades.

Much of the current research on future climate change has focused on global warming. However, much less is currently understood about how regional climate change will unfold.

The new, groundbreaking collaborative report suggests climate change at the regional scale could be much more diverse - with shifting rainfall patterns, changes in the frequency of storms and increases in the frequency of extreme events.

The international team of authors has reviewed the literature on change and has highlighted some of the different factors that can affect weather and climate.

In middle-latitudes, climate is largely determined by highly variable weather in storm tracks and jet streams. These introduce considerable uncertainty into model projections of future change.

In the tropics, the atmosphere and ocean behave in concert, for example in the emerging El NiƱo event in the Pacific. There needs to be a focus on understanding that coupling and how it is impacted by climate change.

Their findings are published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

Professor Mat Collins from the University of Exeter's Mathematics department and one of the authors of the article said: "In the UK we are influenced by many different types of weather, from winter storms to summer heat waves. This makes it really difficult to predict how future climate change will play out.

"Planning by society to adapt to the impact of climate change requires information about the spatial variability of change. Much of this information is, as yet, unreliable.

There is an urgent need to provide quantitative but reliable information about spatial variability in future climate that is consistent with the global projections from models."


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Sep 10, 2015
We have sown, and are now starting to reap.

Sep 10, 2015
"Those of us who have had experiences with psychopaths know that the language of the psychopath is two-dimensional. They are, as someone once said, as "deep as a thimble.""

-I know that you truly believe you are being profound.

What else could george kamburoff be?

Sep 10, 2015
If the human race survives it will just export white racism and Islamophobia to the entire universe and cause species extinction of life forms on countless planets so it is better to cancel this research and let climate change kill off the human race to improve the sustainability of the universe.

Sep 10, 2015
"If the human race survives it will just export white racism and Islamophobia to the entire universe"
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And other forms of Fascism.

Sep 10, 2015
I think I'll have to read the paper itself. The article is a little vague. Are they saying they've reviewed the research on regional climate impacts and have found large data gaps? *wanders off to nature*

Sep 12, 2015
maybe as a by product of this undoubtedly quite expensive menat masturbation these fine folks will manage to accurately predict next weeks rainfall and temperature, maybe even the snowfall this coming winter. I

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