Sep 082010

Weathercasters can predict the next rain storm or cloudy day, and climate scientists can build models that show the Earth’s climate change over thousands of years. But what about short-term climate prediction over the next few decades?

Jagadish Shukla, who was a member of and lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that, along with Al Gore, was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, has been studying short-term climate predictability for many years.

Shukla researches the predictability of climate for seasons to decades. Because not much research has been done on decadal variations, Shukla believes this short-term climate variability becomes important when looking at climate change. He says it can help determine which climate variables are natural and which are human-induced.

Visit the Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies site for more information.

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