Major Questions Still Facing Climate Change Researchers

The signing of the Paris agreement in 2015 may give the impression that the major questions concerning climate change have at last been answered and that climate science has met its challenges.

But a new Perspective article in Nature Climate Change begs to differ, defining three key questions vital for society and calling for an international climate change research effort on par with the investment in the International particle physics laboratory, CERN. These questions are:

  • Where does the carbon go?

  • How does weather change with climate?

  • How does climate influence the habitability of the Earth and its regions?

Knowing human caused global warming is occurring is only the beginning of important climate research, according to the authors. Focusing climate science on these three questions tackles new frontiers of climate research and is the next logical step to serve society.

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-climate-science.html

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