Lijing Cheng on North Atlantic Current and “The Day After Tomorrow”

June 3, 2018

Lijing Cheng is a dynamic climate researcher from China, and co-author with American researchers on an important analysis of Hurricane Harvey’s record rains – the subject of my most recent vid.


I wanted to post something to show how much fun we had, and how much I learned, during the interview. More below, on renewable energy in China.


8 Responses to “Lijing Cheng on North Atlantic Current and “The Day After Tomorrow””

  1. lracine Says:

    IMO The videos did not come off.

    When you consider this man’s work and what you presented in these interview clips, well IMO you dropped the ball big time… reading his publications he has some very important information that needs to be gotten out into the general public… (ie your job is to translate this so people can understand)

    The biggest point that I got from reading the below listed publication of Lijing Change was this ( direct quote….)

    “The Need to Take the Pulse of the Planet

    Monitoring the past and current climate helps us better understand climate change and enables future climate projections. We must maintain and extend the existing global climate observing systems [Riser et al., 2016; von Schuckmann et al., 2016] as well as develop improved coupled (ocean-atmosphere) climate assessment and prediction tools to ensure reliable and continuous monitoring for Earth’s energy imbalance, ocean heat content, and sea level rise.

    The EEI has implications for the future and should be fundamental in guiding future energy policy and decisions; it is the heartbeat of the planet. Changes in OHC, the dominant measure of EEI, should be a fundamental metric along with SLR.

    As we continue to scrutinize the fidelity of specific climate models, it is critical to validate their energetic imbalances as well as their depiction of GMST. The fact that the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 (CMIP5) ensemble mean accurately represents observed global OHC changes [Cheng et al., 2016] is critical for establishing the reliability of climate models for long-term climate change projections.

    Consequently, we recommend that both the EEI and OHC be listed as output variables in the CMIP6 models, in addition to SLR and GMST. This vital sign informs societal decisions about adaptation to and mitigation of climate change [Trenberth et al., 2016].”

    Click to access 10.1007%2Fs00376-018-8011-z.pdf

    Don’t joke about “The Day After Tomorrow”…. it damages everyone’s credibility.

  2. Sir Charles Says:

    There we are…

  3. redskylite Says:

    Proof Read Observation: “Lijing Cheng” becomes (very apt) “Lijing Change” on the first line.

    Slowly the realization grows that this AMOC slowdown will be serious down the line, for those Northern areas especially, not only sea level rise to contend with, but major disruptions to the climes, fishing, agriculture and much more on a timescale that humanity is not accustomed to.

  4. redskylite Says:

    I don’t think many of the people who benefit from the “Gulf Stream” truly appreciate what the current does to their winter climate.

    Take the Shetland Islands for instance. .

    “Despite its northerly latitude, Shetland enjoys a pleasant, temperate, oceanic climate with average winter temperatures comparable to those in western Britain and the annual average rainfall is less than mainland Scotland. Snow rarely lies more than a few days. The shores of the islands are warmed by the Gulf Stream. ”

    Unfortunately climate change is already biting there and their is more to come. .

    “Eerie silence falls on Shetland cliffs that once echoed to seabirds’ cries ”

    Thousands of puffins, guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes and fulmars gather there every spring to breed, covering almost every square inch of rock or grass with teeming, screeching birds and their young.

    Or at least they used to – for this year Sumburgh Head is a quiet and largely deserted place. Where seabirds once swooped and cried in their thousands, only a handful of birds wheel round the cliffs. The silence is uncanny – the result of a crash in seabird numbers that has been in progress for several years but which has now reached an unprecedented, catastrophic low.

    One of the nation’s most important conservation centres has been denuded of its wildlife, a victim – according to scientists – of climate change, which has disrupted food chains in the North Sea and North Atlantic and left many seabirds without a source of sustenance. The result has been an apocalyptic drop in numbers of Arctic terns, kittiwakes and many other birds.

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