Monday, 24 January 2011: 1:30 PM
611 (Washington State Convention Center)
There are important climate transitions, linked with the winter, spring, summer and fall seasons at northern latitudes, which help us understand the links between land-surface, biosphere, atmosphere, clouds and radiation. Several aspects of climate change can be grasped from an understanding of local seasonal climate: water vapor feedback in all seasons, snow-ice albedo feedback in winter and evaporation-precipitation feedback in summer. Future trends in the fall, winter and spring transitions will directly reflect the shrinking of the winter cold season as climate warms; but summer trends in New England are uncertain.
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