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An unexpected link between security and climate: Pirate attacks prevent the gathering of climate data

By Christina K Pikas, MLS

An article on the front cover of the 5 July 2011 issue of EOS [1], the member newsletter of the American Geophysical Union, describes how the pirate attacks off the east coast of Africa have caused merchant ships to avoid a large area and how this in turn has greatly decreased the wind and other surface condition reports going to FSU for their monthly wind analysis product. The reports in the area are important for studying the Somali jet and for forecasting monsoons on the Indian subcontinent.


  1. Smith, SR, Bourassa, MA, and Long, M. 2011. Pirate Attacks Affect Indian Ocean Climate Research 92, no. 27. EOS, Transactions, American Geophysical Union: 226.

Featured speaker presentation: Kellogg Schwab on Climate Change Implications for Water Supplies

by Christina K. Pikas, MLS

Dr. Schwab spoke on Tuesday morning and then also moderated discussion sessions later in the morning and afternoon. The slides can be downloaded from the session page.

Water - the Nexus for 21st Century Challenges

Call for Papers: Climate Change and Public Health: Transforming Projections into Decisions

Call for Papers
Special Session at the Fall 2011 Meeting of the American Geophysical Union
December 5-9, 2011 in San Francisco, CA

Session GC51:
Climate Change and Public Health: Transforming Projections into Decisions

Climate Change and Food Security

By Alpana Kaushiva, APL Intern/UMBC. The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) recently came out with a report titled "Mapping Hotspots of Climate Change and Food Insecurity in the Global Tropics."

National Academies Press Makes All PDF Books Free to Download

by Christina K. Pikas, MLS

You might ask why this is being posted to the GAIA blog. We've been pointing to a lot of National Academies publications in our Twitter stream because they are great resources on climate change. A recent example is National Security Implications of Climate Change for U.S. Naval Forces. A member of APL's staff was on the committee for that publication.


How might climate change lead to increases in severe storms?

By Steven Babin, MD, PhD

Solar radiation enters the Earth’s atmosphere at a range of wavelengths and is either absorbed or reflected back into space.  Increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere traps more of the sun’s energy, particularly at the wavelengths associated with heat. 

Featured Speaker Presentation: Grace Brush on A Paleoecological Record of Changes on the Land and Estuarine Health

By Christina Pikas, MLS

Dr. Brush spoke after dinner on the Wednesday of the conference. Her slides can be downloaded from the session page, but you really missed a great talk if you weren’t there in person.

Slide on transformation of Chesapeake Bay watershed from pre-colonial times to present

Featured speaker presentation: Cindy Parker of Johns Hopkins on Climate Change and Health

Dr Parker gave the second presentation of the conference in this talk named: Global Climate Change: What Does it Mean for Health? The slides can be downloaded from the session page.

Screenshot from Cindy Parker's slides

She started with this definition of health

Featured speaker presentation: Lawrence Buja of NCAR on Climate 2.0

by Christina Pikas, MLS

Dr. Buja was asked to give this lunch time talk on Tuesday. The pdf of the slides is uploaded to the session page where you can also leave comments if you're a member of GAIA.

the first page of Buja's lunchtime talk

What is cause and effect in public health?

by Steven Babin, MD, PhD

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