Skeptical Science New Research for Week #8, 2020

BAMS survey of 2018 extreme weather

The Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society has published a collection of articles examining unusually extreme weather events of 2018 and connections of those to climate change. These investigations are listed separately below but thanks to the generosity of AMS appear free for public access as a single PDF, Explaining Extreme Weather Events of 2018 from a Climate Perspective. It’s a fascinating collation. 

84 Articles

Physical science of global warming & effects

Defining Southern Ocean fronts and their influence on biological and physical processes in a changing climate

Observational evidence that a feedback control system with proportional-integral-derivative characteristics is operating on atmospheric surface temperature at global scale (open access)

Observations & observational methods of global warming & effects

The recent state and variability of the carbonate system of the Canadian Arctic in the context of ocean acidification (open access)

Observed Evolution of the Tropical Atmospheric Water Cycle with Sea Surface Temperature

Evidence suggests potential transformation of the Pacific Arctic ecosystem is underway

Rapid warming in summer wet bulb globe temperature in China with human-induced climate change

Trends and spatial shifts in lightning fires and smoke concentrations in response to 21st century climate over the forests of the Western United States (open access)

The effects of anthropogenic greenhouse gases and aerosols on the inter-decadal change of the South China Sea summer monsoon in the late twentieth century

Climate changes in the Lhasa River basin, Tibetan Plateau: irrigation-induced cooling along with a warming trend

Analyses of the Northern European Summer Heatwave of 2018 (open access)

Anthropogenic Influences on the Persistent Night-Time Heat Wave in Summer 2018 over Northeast China (open access)

Anthropogenic Impacts on the Exceptional Precipitation of 2018 in the Mid-Atlantic United States (open access)

Conditional Attribution of the 2018 Summer Extreme Heat over Northeast China: Roles of Urbanization, Global Warming, and Warming-Induced Circulation Changes (open access)

The Heavy Rain Event of July 2018 in Japan Enhanced by Historical Warming (open access)

The Record Low Bering Sea Ice Extent in 2018: Context, Impacts, and an Assessment of the Role of Anthropogenic Climate Change (open access)

Effect of Anthropogenic Forcing and Natural Variability on the 2018 Heatwave in Northeast Asia (open access)

The exceptional Iberian heatwave of summer 2018 (open access)

The Extreme 2018 Northern California Fire Season (open access)

Extreme Hail Storms and Climate Change: Foretelling the Future in Tiny, Turbulent Crystal Balls? (open access)

On High Precipitation in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Zambia in February 2018 (open access)

A 1-Day Extreme Rainfall Event in Tasmania: Process Evaluation and Long Tail Attribution (open access)

Quantifying Human-Induced Temperature Impacts on the 2018 United States Four Corners Hydrologic and Agro-Pastoral Drought (open access)

Anthropogenic Contributions to the 2018 Extreme Flooding over the Upper Yellow River Basin in China (open access)

The Extremely Cold Start of the Spring of 2018 in the United Kingdom (open access)

Anthropogenic Influence on 2018 Summer Persistent Heavy Rainfall in Central Western China (open access)

Attribution of the Record-Breaking Consecutive Dry Days in Winter 2017/18 in Beijing (open access)

The Late Spring Drought of 2018 in South China (open access)

Anthropogenic Influence on the 2018 Summer Warm Spell in Europe: The Impact of Different Spatio-Temporal Scales (open access)

Modeling & simulation of global warming & global warming effects 

QBO changes in CMIP6 climate projections

The partitioning of meridional heat transport from the Last Glacial Maximum to CO2 quadrupling in coupled climate models

Influences of local and remote conditions on tropical precipitation and its response to climate change

What drives the intensification of mesoscale convective systems over the West African Sahel under Climate Change?

Modeling the global radiative effect of brown carbon: a potentially larger heating source in the tropical free troposphere than black carbon (open access)

An inter-comparison of the mass budget of the Arctic sea ice in CMIP6 models (open access)

PlioMIP2 simulations using the MIROC4m climate model (open access)

Future projections of Malaysia daily precipitation characteristics using bias correction technique

Barents-Kara sea ice and European winters in EC-Earth (open access)

Climate model advancement 

Diagnosing transient response to CO2 forcing in coupled atmosphere‐ocean model experiments using a climate model emulator

New Generation of Climate Models Track Recent Unprecedented Changes in Earth’s Radiation Budget Observed by CERES

Biology & global warming 

Evidence suggests potential transformation of the Pacific Arctic ecosystem is underway

Late Glacial and Holocene records of tree-killing conifer bark beetles in Europe and North America: Implications for forest disturbance dynamics

Radial growth response of major conifers to climate change on Haba Snow Mountain, Southwestern China

Warming and precipitation addition interact to affect plant spring phenology in alpine meadows on the central Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau

Process-based models outcompete correlative models in projecting spring phenology of trees in a future warmer climate

Population decline in tree swallows ( Tachycineta bicolor ) linked to climate change and inclement weather on the breeding ground

Climate warming and heat waves alter harmful cyanobacterial blooms along the benthic‐pelagic interface

CAM plant expansion favored indirectly by asymmetric climate warming and increased rainfall variability

GHG sources & sinks, flux

Improving maps of forest aboveground biomass: A combined approach using machine learning with a spatial statistical model (open access)

Methane efflux from an American bison herd (open access)

The consistency between observations (TCCON, surface measurements and satellites) and CO2 models in reproducing global CO2 growth rate (open access)

Observing carbon dioxide emissions over China’s cities with the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (open access)

Reviews and syntheses: The mechanisms underlying carbon storage in soil (open access)

A physical-biogeochemical mechanism for negative feedback between marsh crabs and carbon storage (open access)

Space-based quantification of per capita CO 2 emissions from cities (open access)

Climate change communications & cognition 

Youth perceptions of climate change: A narrative synthesis

Humans dealing with our global warming 

Climate change policy networks: connecting adaptation and mitigation in multiplex networks in Peru (open access)

How does a social practice perspective add to the development of policy instruments to reduce consumption-based CO2 emissions? A case study of Austria (open access)

Towards accepted procedures for calculating international consumption-based carbon accounts (open access)

Road to zero or road to nowhere? Disrupting transport and energy in a zero carbon world

Who is fighting against the EU’s energy and climate policy in the European Parliament? The contribution of the Visegrad Group

Carbon tax and energy programs for buildings: Rivals or allies?

When competition plays clean: How electricity market liberalization facilitated state-level climate policies in the United States

Carbon network embodied in international trade: Global structural evolution and its policy implications

Understanding public support for carbon capture and storage policy: The roles of social capital, stakeholder perceptions, and perceived risk/benefit of technology

The income inequality and carbon emissions trade-off revisited

EU road vehicle energy consumption and CO2 emissions by 2050 – Expert-based scenarios

Oil and gas companies invest in legislators that vote against the environment

Assessment of the hedging policy on reservoir operation for future drought conditions under climate change

The role of miombo woodlands in the three Rio conventions (open access)

Planning for change? Assessing the integration of climate change and land-based livelihoods in Colorado BLM planning documents (open access)

Migration and Household Adaptation in Climate-Sensitive Hotspots in South Asia (open access)

Challenges in delivering climate change policy through land use targets for afforestation and peatland restoration

First process-based simulations of climate change impacts on global tea production indicate large effects in the World’s major producer countries (open access)

The role of transport electrification in global climate change mitigation scenarios (open access)



Holocene book review: Climate Without Nature: A Critical Anthropology of the Anthropocene

Informed opinion & nudges

The mirage of Madrid: elusive ambition on the horizon (open access)

A fiery wake-up call for climate science

Research is not immune to climate change

Legally obtaining copies of “paywalled” articles

We know it’s frustrating that many articles we cite here are not free to read. Here’s an excellent collection of tips and techniques for obtaining articles, legally. 


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