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Nonlinear Processes in Geosciences

Climate Change

COVID-19-related drop in anthropogenic aerosol emissions in China and corresponding cloud and climate effects

COVID-19-related drop in anthropogenic aerosol emissions in China and corresponding cloud and climate effects

While a previous blog entry dealt with the question whether we can use lessons from the nonlinear nature of climate for projections of the Covid-19 pandemic, there is now a first example of how the pandemic can teach us something on climate. The several weeks long lockdown of China made February 2020 an exceptional month in terms of air quality; aerosol emissions were tremendously reduced leading ...[Read More]

The 2020 extra-tropical monster cyclones and their (possible) relations with climate change

The 2020 extra-tropical monster cyclones and their (possible) relations with climate change

On February 9th, a British Airways Boeing 747 landed in London Heathrow airport just four hours and 56 minutes after its take-off in JFK, New York, setting the shortest flight-time for non-supersonic jets over this route. The jumbo jet took advantage of the fast upper-tropospheric winds associated with an exceptionally strong jet-stream which created tail winds of about 400km/h. Over the United Ki ...[Read More]

Why Bushfires raged out of control across Australia?

Why Bushfires raged out of control across Australia?

Australian wildfires have burned an impressively large surface and caused the death of at least 24 citizens as well as of numerous animals. This immense disaster raises questions about its linkage with climate change, the possibility of controlling these events and the future of Australian wildlife ecosystems. While the first question will be addressed by soon to come attribution studies, and the ...[Read More]

Medicanes, thunderstorms and Acqua Alta in Venice: what is the role of climate change?

Medicanes, thunderstorms and Acqua Alta in Venice: what is the role of climate change?

A Mediterranean cyclone, high tides and climate change: these three ingredients made the 12/11/2019 acqua alta event in Venice exceptional. This combination of causes determined what climate scientists define as a compound extreme event, a non-linear mix of factors which led to several and connected extreme weather phenomena in the Mediterranean area. Let us start by the analysis of the atmospheri ...[Read More]