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Research Highlights

US CLIVAR aims to feature the latest research results from the community of scientists participating in our interagency-sponsored projects, working groups, panels, science teams, and workshops. Check out the collection of research highlights below and sort by topic on the right. 

Cold winter days in US
October 13, 2015

In early January 2014, an Arctic air outbreak brought extreme cold and heavy snowfall to central and eastern North America, causing widespread disruption and monetary losses. However, new research using state-of-the-art climate model simulations finds that the risk of North American daily cold extremes decreases in the future.

Coral reefs Guam
October 5, 2015

Over the coming decades, the tropical Pacific is likely to experience more extreme sea level swings on timescales of several years. The culprit is a change in the El Niño-Southern Oscillation and its characteristic Pacific wind response, according to a new study using CMIP5 climate change projections.

Climatology of warm season
September 25, 2015

Arid and semi-arid regions are projected to experience the most adverse impacts of climate change, and intensifying drought and precipitation extremes are found in the observational record and current global climate projections of the IPCC report.

Extreme precip
August 24, 2015

Extreme precipitation and associated flooding has a high societal and economic cost. In the Northeast US extreme precipitation has increased by more than 70% in the last 50 years and is projected to continue to increase.

Carbon in the Southern Ocean
July 30, 2015

The Southern Ocean plays a key role in mitigating the anthropogenic greenhouse emissions by contributing approximately 40% of the global oceanic carbon sink. Recent work investigates the future evolution of Southern Ocean carbon storage under a climate warming scenario.