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.
By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 8:33 PM GMT on August 14, 2014
Climate Change, Engineering, Stationarity and Applied Climate
Something New, Something Fantastic
Some years ago there was a Brevity comic strip with a man, John, standing at the supermarket checkout. The caption was, “Suddenly John realized he didn't want paper or plastic. He wanted something new… something fantastic.” You can see it here.
I try in my WU blog to find a niche that is different from other clima...
Updated: 5:50 PM GMT on August 15, 2014
By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 10:49 PM GMT on August 01, 2014
Tracking El Niño: Summertime Update
Back in May 2014, I wrote a couple of blogs about El Niño predictions for this year (Tracking El Niño and Underlying Models). For those who need it, there are links to basic information such as definitions of terms in those blogs. This entry is an update.
One quote I want to bring forward from the May 20, 2014 entry, “Note, none of these centers are predicting, yet, strong, super or monster. I’m no...
Updated: 4:20 AM GMT on August 02, 2014
By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 2:14 AM GMT on July 25, 2014
Models and Planning for Climate Change
I have written many blogs about models and modeling of climate. My collection includes a 2012 tutorial approach where I show that climate modeling is the process of calculating a budget, with many similarities to keeping the balance of a checking account (Introduction and end). In 2012, I wrote a piece on uncertainties in models and a number of ways to evaluate and to place model uncertainty in decision making. I...
Updated: 2:54 AM GMT on July 25, 2014
By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 6:49 PM GMT on July 13, 2014
Monday It Will be 80 degrees in Yellowknife
The forecast for Monday in Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories is for a high temperature of about 80 F. Pretty nice. Sunday it’s predicted to be 80 in Inuvik, here’s a link to the Inuvik Weblog: Saving lives above the Arctic Circle!
Of course the more important news is that “Temperatures could drop to sweatshirt weather by Tuesday, when an unseasonably cool pool of air is expected to reac...
Updated: 5:35 PM GMT on July 14, 2014
By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 10:49 PM GMT on July 09, 2014
Sea-Level Variability: A Primer
The comments in the last blog helped me realize the complexities of sea-level rise. In this entry I am going to explore sea-level rise more rigorously. I will continue using the East Coast of the U.S. as a case study.
One of the most certain consequences of the warming planet is that sea level will rise and land will be flooded. My mantra is that the temperature of Earth’s surface will rise, ice will melt, ...
Updated: 5:36 AM GMT on July 10, 2014