[Eoas-seminar] MET Seminar, Oct. 3

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Hi All,

In the coming Thursday (Oct. 3), we will have the first MET seminar in this academic year at regular seminar time and location (3:30 PM, LOV 353) in which Prof. Hu will discuss model projected global warming.  The title and abstract of her talk are (also see the attached seminar announcement flyer)

Title: What are the main sources for the spread of climate model warming projection?

Abstract: Climate models forced by increasing greenhouse gas concentrations unanimously project a long-term warming of Earth’s surface. The magnitude of this warming diverges substantially between models, which is termed as the inter-model warming projection spread (WPS). Cloud feedback has been postulated as the main cause of the large inter-model WPS. We examine the global warming projection under the RCP8.5 scenario reported in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) fifth assessment report. We find that the inter-model spreads of surface albedo and water vapor feedbacks are the key contributors to the inter-model WPS. Surface turbulent sensible and latent heat flux feedbacks cancel out part of the inter-model spreads surface albedo and water vapor feedbacks, and therefore act to suppress the inter-model WPS. Despite of its large amplitude, the inter-model spread of cloud feedbacks exhibit little correlation with the inter-model WPS. Because different models exhibit different combinations of cancellations between cloud feedbacks and other feedback processes, the impact of the inter-model spread of cloud feedbacks does not play a major role in causing the inter-model WPS.

The following is the list of this semester's MET seminar series:




Oct. 3, 2019

Xiaoming Hu

What are the main sources for the spread of climate model warming projection?

Oct. 10, 2019

Esther Mullens

The past, present, and future of extreme precipitation in the South Central U.S.

Oct. 17, 2019

Zhaohua Wu

Conditional Instability of the Second Kind: A Dead End or An Old and New Path

Oct. 24, 2019

MET Faculty Meeting

MET Faculty Meeting - No Seminar

Oct. 31, 2019

Brian Haynes

Thesis Defense

Nov. 7, 2019

Nirupam Karmakar


Nov. 14, 2019

Allison Wing

The role of radiative-convective feedbacks in tropical cyclone formation in numerical simulations

Nov. 21, 2019

Bobby West


Nov. 28, 2019


Thanksgiving - No Seminar

Dec. 5, 2019

Sweta Das

Thesis Defense

Look forward to meeting you in the seminar room.



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