20 (1): Paired Perspectives on Global Change

Eds: Bondre NR, Kiefer T & von Gunten L

, vol. 20(1), 2012Number of pages:


This newsletter features paired perspectives that address the present and the past as two sides of the same coin, seeking to provide a window into the future. It also provides information on recently held meetings and program news.

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 > Inside PAGES

 > Eulogy: Mohammed Umer Mohammed

Program News

 > Ocean2k Working group – Call for participation

 > Scientific Ocean Drilling: Voyage of Discovery beyond 2013

 > New SCOR/IGBP working group on modern planktonic foraminifera kicked off 

Special Section: Paired Perspectives on Global Change


 > Harnessing the past and the present in the service of the future
N. R Bondre and T. Kiefer 

Science Highlights

Earth System models: How well do Earth system models simulate the dynamics of global change?
 > Present 
T. Lenton  

 > Past 
M. Kageyama 

Climate sensitivity: How sensitive is Earth’s climate to CO2?
 > Present
M. Collins and D. Long

 > Past
G.A. Schmidt

Carbon cycle dynamics: How are major carbon sinks and sources varying with global change?
 > Present
D. Schimel 

 > Past
F. Joos

Ocean circulation: Does large-scale ocean overturning circulation vary with climate change?
 > Present
T. Kanzow and M. Visbeck

 > Past
L. Skinner

Marine nutrient cycling: How will the ocean’s capacity of biological carbon pumping vary?
 > Present
C. Lancelot

 > Past
A. Schmittner

Arctic sea ice: When will the Arctic Ocean become ice-free and what will be the effects? 
 > Present
M.C. Serreze and J.C. Stroeve

 > Past
L. Polyak

Aerosols and climate: How sensitive is earth’s climate to atmospheric aerosols?
 > Present
S. Albani and N. Mahowald

 > Past
A. Ganopolski

Land cover change: To what degree does human land cover dynamics affect climate change?
 > Present
B. van den Hurk, S.I. Seneviratne and L. Battle-Bayer

 > Past
J.O. Kaplan

Fire: Are we facing an increase in wildfires?
 > Present
A.L. Westerling

 > Past
S.P. Harrison and P.J. Bartlein

Monsoon climate: Will summer rain increase or decrease in monsoon regions?
 > Present   
B. Wang

 > Past
H. Cheng, A. Sinha and S.M. Colman

El Niño-Southern Oscillation: What is the outlook for ENSO?
 > Present  
 A. Clement

 > Past
 J. Emile-Geay

Sea level rise: How much and how fast will sea level rise over the coming centuries?
 > Present  
 A. Cazenave

 > Past
M. Siddall, D. Pollard

Hurricanes/Typhoons: Will tropical cyclones become stronger and more frequent?
 > Present   
T.R. Knutson, I.M. Held, G.A. Vecchi

 > Past
P. Lane, J.P. Donnelly

Vulnerability of coastlines: How do environment changes affect coastlines and river deltas?
 > Present   
J. Syvitski

 > Past
E. Leorri, D. Mallinson

Ocean Acidification: How will ongoing ocean acidification affect marine life?
 > Present   
J.P. Gattuso

 > Past
E. Thomas

Water resources: How severe will freshwater shortages be on a regional scale?
 > Present 
R. Harding

 > Past
E.R. Cook

Ecosystems: How do ecosystems and associated services respond to climate change?
 > Present   
S. Lavorel

 > Past
S.T. Jackson

Abrupt changes: To what extent are tipping points a concern in coping with global change?
 > Present
D. Lemoine

 > Past
D. Dahl-Jensen

Open Section

Science Highlights

 > Is there a global Holocene climate mode?
H. Wanner and S. Brönnimann

Workshop Reports

 > 2nd PAGES 2k Network Meeting: Review of current status

 > The 1st Workshop of the PAGES Antarctica2k Working Group

 > The nitrogen cycle in the ocean, past and present

 > Sediment and carbon fluxes under human impact and climate change 

 > Ice sheet modeling, sea level and isostasy

 > PMIP3: Tropical Climate Variability 

 > NAM2k: North American Dendroclimatic Data 

 > 3rd Polar Marine Diatom Taxonomy and Ecology Workshop

 > Climate change in the Carpathian-Balkan region 

 > International conference of young scientists

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