Marine heatwaves to become more frequent due to global warming
Marine heatwaves - prolonged periods of anomalously high ocean surface temperatures - are likely to become more frequent, extensive and intense as a result of global warming, according to a study led by Thomas Frölicher published now in Nature (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-018-0383-9). The study reports that the number of marine heatwave days doubled between 1982 and 2016, and this is projected to increase further if global temperatures continue to increase.
A 1.5°-2° warmer world in the future - Lessons from the past
In a paper now published online in Nature Geoscience (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41561-018-0146-0) an international team of researchers led by Hubertus Fischer has investigated the long-term response of the Earth System in the future using periods in climate history that were warmer than preindustrial. The study shows that marine and terrestrial ecosystems will spatially shift and sea level will rise by several meters over the next thousands of years even under strict mitigation scenarios as foreseen in the Paris Agreement. This stresses the need for climate models to include such long-term effects to forecast the full spectrum of Earth System changes to come.
CEP PhD Day 2018
An enthusiastic group of scientists gathered at the First PhD Day of CEP to discuss ongoing projects, exchange personal experiences and foster new collaboration. This stimulating event has highlighted the breadth of our research ranging from the development of innovative analytical tools, measurement of new paleoclimatic records from ice cores and tree rings, design and application of models of the physical-biogeochemical climate system on time scales from years to a million years, and to radioisotope environmental physics.