IPCC Synthesis Report: What’s Actually in It?

By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 12:47 AM GMT on November 16, 2014

IPCC Synthesis Report: What’s Actually in It?

My series of blogs following the El Nino forecasts got a nice call out in Andy Revkin’s Dot Earth Opinion Piece. I’ll probably do one more update in a couple of weeks.


At the beginning of November, I wrote a piece at the release of the IPCC Synthesis Report. From the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) website, the “Synthesis Report (SYR) synthesizes and integrates mater...

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Updated: 3:44 AM GMT on November 16, 2014

Analysis After the Midterm Election

By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 5:31 AM GMT on November 11, 2014

Analysis After the Midterm Election

Have a bunch of blogs in the blogging part of my brain, including that typhoon that ended up in Alaska and going back to the Synthesis Report of the previous blog. Going to do a little analysis of the election and what it means for climate research and climate change. About a month ago at the National Center for Atmospheric Research a colleague sat down in front of me in the cafeteria and asked what I thought the elect...

Updated: 12:48 AM GMT on November 16, 2014

No Way to Slow Down

By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 11:24 PM GMT on November 02, 2014

No Way to Slow Down

Earlier this week I saw an article in the USA Today about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change meeting to release its “final report” this Sunday. Jeff Masters and I had a short email exchange as well, and Jeff has a thorough report and commentary on his blog. I was also contacted about going to the Conference of the Parties in Lima this year – not going to happen.

So this “final report,” is not really ...

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El Niño, California Drought, and Predictions

By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 1:52 AM GMT on October 28, 2014

El Niño, California Drought, and Predictions

Modified on 20141029

Back in May 2014, I wrote a couple of blogs about El Niño predictions for this year (Tracking El Niño and Underlying Models). In July, I did a summertime update. For those who need it, there are links to basic information such as definitions of terms in those blogs. This entry is an update.

As most of my readers already know, the excited, exaggerated springtim...

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Updated: 2:57 AM GMT on October 30, 2014

Musings on a Modest Proposal

By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 3:42 PM GMT on October 20, 2014

Musings on a Modest Proposal

Hope I have some readers left! Think I might be back.

Stream of consciousness here:

Over the last six weeks I have been working on three proposals, pulling all-nighters as much as somebody my age can pull all-nighters. Definitely crushed my blogging time. It got me thinking about things.

Going to start with Ebola – I fear our country’s reaction to Ebola more than I fear Ebola. We can po...

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Updated: 4:38 PM GMT on October 20, 2014

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I'm a professor at U Michigan and lead a course on climate change problem solving. These articles often come from and contribute to the course.