Nonlinear response of mid-latitude weather to the changing Arctic

Overland, James E. and Dethloff, Klaus and Francis, Jennifer A. and Hall, Richard and Hanna, Edward and Kim, Seong-Joong and Screen, James A. and Shepherd, Theodore G. and Vihma, Timo (2016) Nonlinear response of mid-latitude weather to the changing Arctic. Nature Climate Change, 6 (11). pp. 992-999. ISSN 1758-678X

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1038/nclimate3121

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Abstract

Are continuing changes in the Arctic influencing wind patterns and the occurrence of extreme weather events in northern mid-latitudes? The chaotic nature of atmospheric circulation precludes easy answers. The topic is a major science challenge, as continued Arctic temperature increases are an inevitable aspect of anthropogenic climate change. We propose a perspective that rejects simple cause-and-effect pathways and notes diagnostic challenges in interpreting atmospheric dynamics. We present a way forward based on understanding multiple processes that lead to uncertainties in Arctic and mid-latitude weather and climate linkages. We emphasize community coordination for both scientific progress and communication to a broader public.

Keywords:Atmospheric Dynamics, Attribution, Climate-change impacts, Cryospheric science, NotOAChecked
Subjects:F Physical Sciences > F840 Physical Geography
Divisions:College of Science > School of Geography
ID Code:25929
Deposited On:01 Feb 2017 15:48

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