Content tagged "climate basics"

Climate Change Impacts in the Northeastern U.S.

Climate, Forests and Woodlands Updated: March 07, 2015

     Climate change in the Northeast has meant hotter temperatures, more heavy rains, and less lake ice and snow cover. Northeast annual average temperature...

Climate Change Impacts in the Southeastern U.S.

Climate, Forests and Woodlands Updated: March 07, 2015

   The Southeast region serves as an example of how rising temperatures can be associated with both increased drought and an increased frequency of...

Natural Variability and Climate Change

Climate, Forests and Woodlands Updated: August 02, 2013

Climate naturally varies over a variety of different scales. Learn some of the aspects that influence climate variation here.

Weather and Climate

Climate, Forests and Woodlands Updated: July 31, 2013

Weather and climate are often confused. In this article, we explore how climate and weather are different from and related to each other.

Climate Variability and Change: Basic Concepts

Climate, Forests and Woodlands Updated: May 11, 2011

The climate system is dynamic and complex. While weather conditionschange over short periods of time, such as when anvil-shaped clouds burst in the late...

Radiative Forcing

Climate, Forests and Woodlands Updated: April 01, 2011

Radiative forcing measures the influence that climate-altering factors have on the energy balance of the Earth. Examples of factors that can alter the...

Enhanced Greenhouse Gas Effect

Climate, Forests and Woodlands Updated: March 31, 2011

Greenhouse gases (GHGs) such as carbon dioxide, methane, and water vapor, are naturally part of the Earth’s atmosphere. These gases tap heat from the sun’s...

Extreme Events

Climate, Forests and Woodlands Updated: March 28, 2011

Extreme events, such as floods, heat waves, and hurricanes, are rare weather occurrences that often cause the greatest damage to society. In the yearly...

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