Week 7: Case study: rapid climate change
So we bow to your democratic demands, and will do rapid climate
change as a case study. (It was the winner by a wide margin, except for
a recount in Florida)
We were a little reticent to pick this for a couple of reasons a) it is
all too easy to be negative, and b) not everybody may have the
background. On the other hand any problem probably has these
properties. So let's strive to be constructive:
It is a big messy problem that has many aspects. None of us has
enough background in all of these aspects. What we really want to do is
focus on the lessons we can learn about how to tackle complex problems,
as much as it is about this particular issue.
- How do we move forward to make progress if we declare this to be our 'big problem?'
- How does thinking about a practical problem change our 'check lists'?
Lets just see how it goes.
Next week will hopefully star Eric Steig, who will give us the benefit of his wisdom on the issue (or it will be me doing a shoddy impersonation). Then in 9th week we can brainstorm on a recipe for research going forward on this issue.
1. So, for this weeks meeting, please review/email comments
- David's effort to sythesize a checklist (link). Right now the list is quite long. Can it be distilled more succinctly? What is missing/wrong/not generally applicable?
2. Rapid climate change overview articles/email comments
If you have read the above before, as many of you have, also try to get to this Seager and Battisti production
- Alley et al., 1999: making sense of millennial-scale climate change (pdf)
- Rahmstorf., 2002: ocean circulation and climate during the past 120,000 years (pdf)
- Seager and Battisti, 2006: Challenges to our understanding of the general circulation: abrupt climate change (pdf)