Global Change Topics

Our project will contribute to the study of global change

A changing and warming climates have been widely recognized to advance spring vegetation phenology. However, this delayed response of vegetation phenology to these changes and their mechanisms are still poorly understood. This NASA MEaSUREs project will provide key remote sensing measurements that will assist in understanding the impact of global climate change on land surface phenology and in turn address key aspects of this change, its impacts and mechanisms.
In this section we will regularly post research findings, reading material and information about the topic of global change as it relates to our project. Feel free to suggest reading material, reserch findings and other information that you think would advance this discourse.
Because we just started our project and there is not much we can share at the moment we're suggesting that you visit the follwoing sites:

What's in a Name? Global Warming vs. Climate Change

From NASA Earth Observatory - December 5, 2008

The Internet is full of references to global warming. The Union of Concerned Scientists website on climate change is titled "Global Warming," just one of many examples. But we don't use global warming much on this website. We use the less appealing "climate change." Why?
To a scientist, global warming describes the average global surface temperature increase from human emissions of greenhouse gases. Its first use was in a 1975 Science article by geochemist Wallace Broecker of Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory: "Climatic Change: Are We on the Brink of a Pronounced Global Warming?"...more

Climate change already a burden on the world's poor

From Institute of the Environment- July 6, 2009

Suffering among the world's poorest people due to climate change is intensifying the need to find ways of adapting to warmer temperatures and potentially more droughts, floods, and sea level rise, Diana Liverman, co-director of the Institute of the Environment, wrote in a new report by the international organization Oxfam....more

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