Earth Institute Contact: Prof. Mark Cane
Abrupt Climate Change Studies (ARCHES) project, funded by NOAA OGP under the Consortium on the Ocean’s Role in Climate (CORC). It currently includes a collection of 12 different projects. Together these projects represent a comprehensive collaborative effort to “describe, understand and assess the likelihood of abrupt changes in the climate system, and to identify the mechanisms involved” (see http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/res/div/ocp/CORC-ARCHES/). The unique aspect of this effort, which began in 1998, is that it combines paleoclimate research with modern ocean observations and numerical modeling to search for the pattern, cause, and process of past abrupt climate change and evaluate the odds for such events in the future. The project is now entering its synthesis stage and is slated to produce a comprehensive review of past research.
Cross Cutting Themes:
Climate and Society