The central aim of the research is to better understand the causes of periods where the rate of global-mean surface temperature is increased or decreased at decadal time-scales compared with long term (multi-decadal) trends. The multi-disciplinary research team are seeking to understand both the slowdown in the rate of warming since the late 1990s and also earlier hiatus and surge events.
In this latest study published in Nature Climate Change an international team of researchers, including SMURPHS Investigators Keith Shine and Piers Forster, considered how the choice of metric can affect the relative emphasis placed on reductions of ‘cumulative climate pollutants’ such as carbon dioxide versus ‘short-lived climate pollutants’ (SLCPs), including methane and black carbon. The research showed […]Read more
Editor of the Climate Lab Book and SMURPHS Investigator, Ed Hawkins has created an animated infographic showing how global temperatures have increased from 1850 to the present day. This very powerful and effective visualization of global warming has attracted a global audience, not least on Twitter where it has gone viral. It has also been picked up by the wider media. In his […]Read more
Bits of Science: Real Global Temperature trend – How high is climate sensitivity? Piers Forster, Gabi Hegerl and Jonathan Gregory join 13 leading climate experts in sharing ‘gut feelings’ on equilibrium climate sensitivity with Bits of Science. Follow link for some interesting responses from a wide range of experts.Read more
At the end of March SMURPHS Co-Investigator Adrian New from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) was interviewed by Alexis Green from BBC South. Adrian reported on the potential role played by the oceans in the recent hiatus, as identified by recent work done by NOC, led by SMURPHS Principal Investigator Sybren Drifjhout and research collegues. In his interview Adrian referred to the overall […]Read more
In March SMURPHS held its first project workshop. Hosted by Leeds all nine SMURPHS partners attended. Discussion focused on forthcoming papers, the research framework and model runs.Read more