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Using Snow to Predict Sea Ice

One of my active areas of research is trying to find physical links in the Arctic climate system that may help us better predict when seasonal sea ice cover will disappear each summer. Good sea ice predictions are important because … Continue reading
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Can Heat Flow in Ocean Models Predict Seasonal Arctic Sea Ice Retreat?

Note: The following blog post is by Ben Sershen (’19), who worked with Dr. Crawford on a summer research project. Intro: My summer research work aimed to further my Junior I.S. in the fields of oceanography and climatology. My research … Continue reading
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Summer Research at Wooster: Rain-on-Snow in Alaska

The following post is courtesy of Anna Cooke (’20), who worked with Dr. Alex Crawford through Wooster’s Sophomore Research Program this summer In the heat of Ohio’s summer, it’s been a small bit of relief to turn my attention to … Continue reading
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Wooster Geologists on Helvellyn

During the last two weeks of May, Dr. Alley and were in the UK.  Part of the experience involved complaining about the inadequate width of UK roads, but there was also some undeniably beautiful geology.  One such location was Helvellyn, … Continue reading
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Climate Monday: The xkcd Earth Temperature Timeline

It’s the final week of the semester, so it’s time for a little fun in the world of weather and climate visualizations.  One of the toughest things that Geologists have to deal with is conveying a sense of time scales. … Continue reading
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Climate Monday: “Reanalysis”

There’s two weeks left in the semester, so today on Climate Monday we’re going to take things to the next level and highlight not only visualization, but also analysis of climate data.  Most of the big papers in climatology nowadays … Continue reading
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Climate Monday: Repeat Photography

The semester is winding down, so we only have a few more of these climate visualization posts to go. Today, I want to highlight repeat photography. Taking a picture of the same place several or many years apart can be … Continue reading
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Climate Monday: Putting Recent Weather in Context

It snowed in Wooster today. It also snowed in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Iowa, Maryland, and several other states. Across the Northeast and Midwest, baseball broadcasters, news anchors, my coworkers, and even random people on the street are remarking on how “It … Continue reading
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Climate Monday: Climate Change Hot Spots

It’s no secret that global warming does not simply mean more warm days and fewer cold ones. Warming is uneven, with some regions (like the Arctic) warming faster than others. Additionally, warming of the atmosphere and oceans has a cascading … Continue reading
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Climate Monday: Weather Forecast Maps

The College of Wooster is now back in session for six more weeks, which means we have six more climate visualizations to share this semester. Today is bright, sunny, and quickly approaching 50°F in Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, but we’re … Continue reading
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