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Lecture 18 Climate Change Impacts

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Lecture 18 Climate Change Impacts GC 170A

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These are the Lecture 18 notes on Climate Change & the Impacts of Climate Change
E. Bigio
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Date Created: 11/06/15
Lecture 18 Climate Change Impacts Thursday, November 5, 2015 1:21 PM Global Climate Models Reproduce the increasing temperature trend of the 20th century climate and show the natural climate without the influence of humans Blue line= model output Black line=observations of temperature Observedtemperature trend is uman & naturalforces Human: increased CO2 Natural: Sunspots & Volcanoes *There is no increasing trend in the natural temperature without the influence of humans Climate Change Impacts Artic Sea ices, ice sheets, & Glaciers Sources of Ice 1. Arctic Sea Ice 2. Ice Sheets (Greenland/Antarctica) 3. Mountain Glaciers Changes in theses sources leads to sea- level rise & changes in weather patterns 2. Ice Sheets (Greenland/Antarctica) 3. Mountain Glaciers Changes in theses sources leads to sea- level rise & changes in weather patterns Arctic Sea Ice Frozen sea water on the ocean surface -Fluctuates seasonally: peaks in February, lowest in August/September -High variability year to year -Influenced by artic storms & warming Changes in past 35 years: 1. Decreasing in area 2. Decreasing in thickness Consequences of Arctic 1. Reduced Albedo (more incoming Sea Ice Loss radiation absorbed at surface) 2. Change in storms & weatherpatterns in the arctic -Does not contribute to global sea -level rise -Economically advantageous since new shipping routes will open in the arctic Consequences of More long wave emitted back to earth: Artic Melting Ice becomes warmer Jet Stream With warming temperatures, jet stream becomes wavier & slower -Weather patterns become more persistent, lasting for weeks to months = North East: more snow California: drought Ice Sheets Greenland & Antarctica -Snow accumulates over thousands of years -Compresses into ice -Very thick (1 -2 miles) -Thickest in the center & thinner towards edges -Ice flows outwards from the center -Compresses into ice -Very thick (1 -2 miles) -Thickest in the center & thinner towards edges -Ice flows outwards from the center Greenland/Antarctic Ice Study: Sheets 1. Snow accumulation measured on the surface 2. Surface melting is monitored daily by satellites • Surface melts & refreezes every season • Increase in extent of surface melting observed in the summer season over past 30 years • Sheets decrease in size Glaciers on E & W sides of Antarctica are rapidly melting and retreating Warm water circulating underneath ice shelf accelerates melting Consequences of Ice Destabilizes the glacier, leads to further • Sheet Melting melting • Potential for sea-level rise in the future = 4 + meters • Not yet a major cause of sea-level rise Mountain Glaciers Mass of ice on a mountain or in an alpine valley -Formed by constant accumulation of snow -Requires permanent, year-round snow to form ice The whole glacier flows like plastic & moves slowly down slope • Greatest amount of melting in response to Global Warming • Sensitive to small changes in temperature *Contribute greatest portion of recent sea - level rise to Global Warming • Sensitive to small changes in temperature *Contribute greatest portion of recent sea - level rise Repeat Photography Taking photos at the same locations at different point in time -Qualitative method, though effective for observing environmental change -Important method for observing melting glaciers Current Sea-level rise 1. Melting of mountain glaciers & ice sheets 2. A large portion is also related to thermal expansion of ocean water related to global warming


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