BRIDGE Seminar - Continental climate change: theory, simulations and observations
Michael Byrne, Imperial College London
Hepple Lecture Theatre
Surface temperature and relative humidity respond more strongly to climate change over continents than over oceans. These land-ocean contrasts are among the most robust features of global warming, yet are only beginning to be understood. Here I develop a quantitative theory for the response of continents to climate change based on principles of atmospheric dynamics and moisture transport. The theory is applied to a hierarchy of climate models and to observational data, and is found to capture both past and projected trends in land temperature and humidity. The warming and drying over land in recent decades is shown to be directly linked to neighbouring oceans, rather than to local land-surface processes.
Please note this seminar is only open to University of Bristol Staff and Students.