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Four Perspectives on Order From Chaos

Robert Pincus, Editor-in-Chief, JAMES

From Eos.org: Editors’ Vox— What makes thunderstorms clump, even to the point of singularity, over uniform oceans? Three recent papers in JAMES address this question, and a new Commentary ties them together. Here’s a problem that sounds simple enough: What happens to an Earth-like atmosphere over a.... more

Four Perspectives on Order From Chaos

From Eos.org: Editors’ Vox— What makes thunderstorms clump, even to the point of singularity, over uniform oceans? Three recent papers in JAMES address this question, and a new Commentary ties them together. Here’s a problem that sounds simple enough: What happens to an Earth-like atmosphere over a.... more

Climate Change Influences the Dynamics Behind Tropical Cyclones

Lily Strelich, Freelance Writer

As Earth’s climate changes, the weather changes along with it. Recent research suggests that rising temperatures will drive an increase in severe storms, including tropical cyclones, monsoons, and flash floods. These events can be devastating for communities in the region, but tropical weather prediction.... more

Nitrogen Garners Starring Role in Refined Earth System Model

Shannon Kelleher, Writer Intern

Global climate computer models like the Community Earth System Model (CESM) bring together a range of physical, chemical, and biological processes to create a complex portrait of the changing global climate. One portion of CESM is the Community Land Model, which represents the climate impact of terrestrial.... more

Permafrost Area Is Sensitive to Key Soil and Snow Physics

David Shultz, Freelance Writer

Cold, barren, and scarcely populated, Earth’s northern high latitudes (NHLs) might seem static or bleak to the untrained eye, but below the surface the frozen soils are changing. Permafrost regions—where the soils remain frozen all year round—are on the decline. This process has a positive feedback.... more

Modeling Weather over Mountainous Terrain

Kate Wheeling, Freelance Writer

To forecast weather around the globe, scientists use general circulation models (GCMs) of the Earth’s atmosphere—simulations of atmospheric circulation based on mathematical equations that take into account factors such as the planet’s rotation and energy sources. Typically, climate models have fairly.... more

Improved Models of Wind Flow over Mountains

Terri Cook, Freelance Writer

When wind flowing horizontally through the atmosphere hits high ground, it creates waves of air on the lee—or wind sheltered—side of the mountain. Airflow over mountainous regions can be tricky to reproduce. Although earlier versions of the vector vorticity equation model (VVM) have successfully replicated.... more

Aerosols Make Cumulus Clouds Brighter, but Shorter Lived

David Shultz, Freelance Writer

The trade winds blow westward across Earth in the tropics and have been exploited by sailors like Christopher Columbus since humans took to the seas. The winds influence much of the planet’s weather and climate and are famous for the low, shallow, cumulus clouds they produce. The tiny droplets of water.... more

Earth's Future Receives First Impact Factor

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