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Areas of Study

Examples of areas of climate covered by JP Faculty and students include:

Dynamics of the Climate System (Ocean, Atmosphere, Cryosphere)

  • Coupled global water cycle and ocean
  • Global and regional climate modeling and future climate predictions
  • Arctic/Antarctic climate change
  • El Ninõ-Southern Oscillation and tropical climate
  • Interactions such as ocean/ice, ocean/atmosphere and air-sea
  • Droughts in the past and modern climate
  • Polar Ice Sheet mass balance
  • Glacier dynamics
  • Sea-ice

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Climate Reconstructions/Paleoclimate

  • Ocean circulation in past climates
  • Paleoclimate reconstruction from ice cores, ocean and lake sediments, corals, and tree rings

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Climate and Marine/Terrestrial Ecosystems

  • Ocean climate variability and marine productivity, including fisheries
  • Climate change and marine mammals
  • Terrestrial water resources
  • Human health

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Carbon Cycle and Biogeochemistry

  • Oceanic uptake and release of greenhouse gases
  • Environmental sensitivities of biogeochemical cycles and marine ecoystems
  • Ocean acidification
  • Riverine inputs to marine systems

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Tools/techniques/data used:

  • Shipboard, sea-ice, glacier, land based measurements
  • Remote sensing
  • Experiments in water tanks
  • Numerical modeling (simple to full GCMs)
  • Cores (corals, trees, sediments, ice)
  • Theoretical framework
  • Observational networks (buoy, radar, meteorological stations…)

As a climate student in the Joint Program you may find yourself:

  • Deploying instruments and making measurements on a rolling ship at sea
  • Investigating Adelaide penguins in Antarctica
  • Deploying an autonomous underwater vehicle next to a Greenland glacier
  • Analyzing dozens of IPCC climate models to define the past and predict the future
  • Coring tropical lagoon sediment to reconstruct past hurricane activity
  • Sampling Caribbean corals using SCUBA
  • Running fine-scale ocean models to understand regional dynamics and validate with observations