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Content about Climate Change

August 26, 2015

Researchers in Africa are hunting for a different kind of treasure. This treasure comes in the form of archived weather records tucked away in remote meteorological offices, and they just may foretell the future of the African continent. African nations have joined the quest to digitize these old records and gather new data to improve local climate modeling.

August 26, 2015

Researchers from the University of Sydney’s School of Geosciences in Australia have created the world’s first digital map of the seafloor. Understanding the ocean — the Earth's largest storehouse of carbon — as it relates to the seabed is critical to know how climate change will affect the ocean environment.

August 19, 2015

Modern farming practices are often blamed for the rise in greenhouse gas emissions. A new big data analysis indicates change in land use might be as much to blame. With an eye to best practices, researchers see solutions to mitigate these contributors to climate change.

July 8, 2015

Researchers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory are modeling huge ocean eddies to track their ability to move particles – including carbon dioxide – into the deep. This work will help prioritize a global response to climate change.

June 17, 2015

Forecasting the extent of climate change must include social factors, researchers now say. Combining climate change with population growth and using 11 different computational simulations leads scientists to forecast a possible six-fold increase in extreme heat for residents of the southern US by 2070.

February 4, 2015

To determine how early humans survived a population crash more than 100,000 years ago, archeologists looked to the Blacklight supercomputer at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center. Initial results have shed new light on the field, and promise significant increases in predictive power.

October 29, 2014

Rainforest Connection uses simple devices created from discarded cellphones to listen out for illegal logging activities and provide rangers with real-time alerts. The organization was founded in 2012 by Topher White, who gave a talk about his work at TEDxCERN last month. White’s system has already helped stop illegal logging in Indonesia and further pilot projects are set to be launched soon in both Brazil and Cameroon.

July 16, 2014

A case study published in The International Journal of Business Process Integration and Management demonstrates that the adoption of integrated cloud-computing solutions can lead to significant cost savings for businesses, as well as large reductions in the size of an organization's carbon footprint.

May 14, 2014

One of Antarctica’s biggest ice streams, the Pine Island Glacier, may be in uncontrollable retreat, with the potential risk of raising global sea levels by up to 1 cm by the year 2031. Discover the role that high-performance computing played in enabling this research.

November 13, 2013

Last month, CERN played host to the 2nd Workshop on Energy for Sustainable Science at Research Infrastructures. Delegates discussed how various aspects of large-scale research infrastructures could be made more energy efficient, including the computing centers which underpin the science carried out.

June 12, 2013

Sea level is projected to rise by up to a meter by 2100 due to human-caused increases in greenhouse gases. However, a new study indicates that cutting four kinds of heat-trapping emissions could have an impact this century. Such progress is possible because these pollutants cycle through the atmosphere relatively quickly.


June 5, 2013

Despite global agreements to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases, current efforts may prove inadequate without more effective – and more affordable – carbon control technologies. A recent breakthrough means next generation carbon scrubbers may soon be at hand.

May 15, 2013

With preparations for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's 5th Assessment Report now entering their final stages, find out how climate models have evolved in the last 40 years and how grid computing is helping to project future climate.

Eleni Katragkou, a climate scientist from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, discussed many of these issues during an exciting plenary session at the recent EGI Community Forum 2013.

February 27, 2013

Climate change is having a catastrophic impact on the environment in central Asia, where the Tien Shan glacier lost nearly 2 km3 of ice per year between 1955 and 2000. However, a greater capacity to share meteorological data at a local and international level could help mitigate future natural hazards. Discover how the CAREN and GÉANT networks are helping scientists in the region to achieve this.

January 9, 2013

Scientists go to the ends of the Earth to study the current state of polar ice sheets, collecting vast amounts of data — three to four terabytes per flight. Read about the clustered computing system and high-speed network in the clouds that make this possible.

September 12, 2012

With satellite data showing that the area of Arctic sea ice lost per day is now roughly equal to the size of the Czech Republic, iSGTW casts its spotlight on the computing infrastructure behind the observations.



August 15, 2012

Climate simulations carried out using the XSEDE grid-computing infrastructure predict that the US is likely to be affected by the levels of extreme drought it is currently experiencing in 20 years out of every 50 by the end of this century.



May 25, 2011

Predicting rainfall over the Amazon rainforest, which holds 20% of the Earth's freshwater, is a tough problem. Diego Carvalho thinks he can figure it out.

April 27, 2011

Climate science is an extremely complex undertaking, and national computing resources are not powerful enough to accurately predict future climate shifts. It is time for a multinational facility fit for studying climate change, says Oxford climate change professor Tim Palmer.

March 29, 2011

Conference on 'Role of e-infrastructures for Climate Change Research'

16 - 20 May, 2011

Venue: Main Lecture Hall, Leonardo Building

Conference Webpage is here.

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