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PMIP3 #2 – Past to Future

From the point of view of my own interest, which is using information from paleoclimates to learn about future climate change, the PMIP meeting was very successful. We got the opportunity to refine the focus of the working group “Past to Future”, which I am coordinating, and several new people joined the group. Some people…

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PMIP3

PMIP, the paleoclimate modelling inter-comparison project used to be an organisation that set up the protocols for a handful of climate models to run two time intervals from the past – 21ka BP and 6ka BP. Now there are many time intervals, transient experiments, a whole host of cross cutting “working groups”, but unfortunately still…

The lake

Paleo-clouds

There is a weird divide between paleoclimate modellers and other model developers, that I have never understood. My impression is that the paleoclimate group at JAMSTEC was one of the larger and more integrated, but even there paleoclimate runs were always completed, without much interest from others, using the “spare CPU” left after the main…

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Cloudy lock-in

Some scientific meetings, like the EGU or AGU, are attended by thousands and open to anyone prepared to pay the registration fee. Then there are the other sort of meeting; workshops. My fertile imagination likes to call them, “lock-ins”, as it sometimes seems like the plan is to get 30 or so scientists together, lock…

James on Hornby Road, Salter Fell

Internet

After 2 months in the internet wilderness, we are finally online properly. The constraint to this particular problem was that, while we look for somewhere else to live, we are staying with my Dad who has dial-up, and doesn’t want to change. We started sharing one laptop (and some iPads) that we brought with us…

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Visualising Vegetation

I usually get lost in the wiggles and weird nomenclature of paleoclimate data papers and presentations. Most seem to require some magic eye or inner sight, that I am sadly not gifted with, to see the climate signal. All I usually see is “noise”. This figure, however, is beautifully informative to this non-expert of paleo-data.…

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B4RN

Out in the middle of nowhere.. There are trenches in the fields with funny cables sticking out of them… The reason? B4RN! I wonder if it will be fast enough to download CMIP?! Before everyone gets too excited, in Japan we had the world’s fastest interwebulas, but access to a lot of sites was often…