20th annual "State of the Climate" report published in BAMS w/ contributions by many PCC scientists

This NOAA sponsored report, produced annually, is a collection of articles that document the years' weather and climate events from around the globe. More than 12 PCC participating climate scientists contributed to the document which has 300 authors and includes work from over 160 different research groups.

Contributing authors Jamie Morison, Mike Steele and Rebecca Woodgate of the UW Polar Science Center work on sea ice retreat in the Arctic. Work cited in the document includes:

Woodgate, R. A., T. Weingartner, and R. Lindsay, 2010: The 2007 Bering Strait oceanic heat flux and anomalous Arctic sea ice retreat Geophys. Res. Lett., 37, L01602, doi:10.1029/2009GL041621.

Dick Feely and Chris Sabine of NOAA's Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory Carbon Dioxide Program contributed to articles on the ocean carbon cycle and acidification. Cited works include their contributions to past "State of the Climate" chapters.

Sabine, C. L., and Coauthors, 2004: The oceanic sink for anthropogenic CO2. Science, 305, 367–371.

Sabine, C. L., R. A. Feely, R. Wanninkhof, and T. Takahashi, 2008: The global ocean carbon cycle [in “State of the Climate in 2007”]. Bull. Amer. Meteorol. Soc., 89 (7), S52–S56.

Sabine, C. L., R. A. Feely, R. Wanninkhof, and T. Takahashi, 2009: The global ocean carbon cycle [in “State of the Climate in 2008”]. Bull. Amer. Meteorol. Soc., 90 (8), S65–S68.

Greg Johnson, John Lyman of NOAA/OAR Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory are contributing authors, with publications cited on ocean heat content and warming.

Lyman, J. M., and G. C. Johnson, 2008: Estimating global upper ocean heat content despite irregular sampling. J. Climate, 21, 5629–5641.

Johnson, G. C., and S. C. Doney, 2006: Recent western South Atlantic bottom water warming. Geophys. Res. Lett., 33, L14614, doi:10.1029/2006GL026769.

Johnson, G. C., S. Mecking, B. M. Sloyan, and S. E. Wijffels, 2007: Recent bottom water warming in the Pacific Ocean. J. Climate, 20, 5365–5375.

Johnson, G. C., S. G. Purkey, and J. L. Bullister, 2008a: Warming and freshening in the abyssal southeastern Indian Ocean. J. Climate, 21, 5351–5363.

Johnson, G. C., S. C. Doney, and J. M. Toole, 2008b: Reduced Antarctic meridional overturning circulation reaches the North Atlantic Ocean. Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L22601, doi:10.1029/2008GL035619.

Finally, contributing authors Muyin Wang of the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean at UW and James Overland of NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, work on climate variability and the impacts on marine ecosystems in the North Pacific and Arctic.

Overland, J. E., and M. Wang, 2010: Large-scale atmospheric circulation changes associated with the recent loss of Arctic sea ice. Tellus, 62A, 1–9.

In addition to the contributing authors, other works by UW climate scientists are cited in the document:

Steig, E., D. P. Schneider, S. D. Rutherford, M. E. Mann, J. C. Comiso, and D. T. Shindell, 2009: Warming of the Antarctic ice-sheet surface since the 1957 International Geophysical Year. Nature, 457, 459–462.

McPhaden, M. J., and D. Zhang, 2004: Pacific Ocean circulation rebounds. Geophys. Res. Lett., 31, L18301, doi: 10.1029/2004GL020727.

Mantua, N. J., S. R. Hare, Y. Zhang, J. M. Wallace, and R. C. Francis, 1997: A Pacific interdecadal climate oscillation with impacts on salmon production. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc, 78, 1069–1079.

Links to other recent Scientific Assessment Reports
• Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment Report

• U.S. Global Change Research Program: Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States

UW article
• http://uwnews.org/uweek/article.aspx?visitsource=uwkmail&id=59593

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