Scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, exploring new research territory in a popular Earth system model, applied a computational technique to systematically evaluate the relative importance of key parameters for climate prediction and water resources management. Using this technique, they found that the most uncertain parameters are those associated with deep subsurface processes. Their results will apply across multiple climate and site conditions.
Dr. Ben Bond-Lamberty, terrestrial scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, authored a perspective in Environmental Research Letters (ERL). In "Global vegetation model diversity and the risks of climate-driven ecosystem shifts," Bond-Lamberty commented on an ERL research publication by Lila Warszawski of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, "A multi-model analysis of risk of ecosystem shifts under climate change."
In a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team led by Dr. Jiwen Fan at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory revealed how pollution causes thunderstorms to leave behind larger, deeper, longer lasting clouds. The results show how pollution affects climate warming. The team showed that pollution makes clouds linger by decreasing the sizes of water and ice particles.
To span the gap between satellite and land-based measurements, scientists obtain data using the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Aerial Facility (AAF). Since 2006, the facility has produced data for studying gas, aerosol, cloud, and radiative processes and their atmospheric interactions. Director of the AAF Beat Schmid along with his team atPNNL and scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, and the University of Illinois detail the facility's achievements in a Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society article.
Congratulations to Dr. Ben Bond-Lamberty, terrestrial scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, who was appointed as one of 39 Section Editors of the open-access Public Library of Science (PLOS) One, the largest scientific journal in the world. As a PLOS Section Editor, he will use his research expertise in climate change, carbon cycle, and ecosystem modeling to evaluate manuscripts, and consult on study design, scope, and ethics. Bond-Lamberty also blogs for the journal's EveryONE blog.