Topic: Climate change

Ancient Cold Period Could Provide Clues on Climate Change

Sept. 2, 2015
The cave room in Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park in Palawan, Philippines.

Researchers at UT Austin have found that a well-known period of abrupt climate change 12,000 years ago occurred rapidly in northern latitudes but much more gradually in equatorial regions, a discovery that could prove important for understanding and responding to future climate change.

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Scientists Pioneer Method to Track Water Flowing in Glaciers

Aug. 10, 2015
Yahtse Glaciers in Alaska

New technique pioneered by UT Austin scientists is an essential step to understanding the future of the world’s largest glaciers as climate changes.

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Corals Already Adapting to Global Warming, Scientists Say

June 25, 2015
A diver surveys temperature-tolerant corals in the Great Barrier Reef

Some coral populations already have genetic variants necessary to tolerate warm ocean waters, and humans can help to spread these genes, a team of scientists has found.

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CO2 Increase Can Intensify Future Droughts in Tropics

March 13, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas  A new study suggests that increases in atmospheric CO2 could intensify extreme droughts in tropical and subtropical regions such as Australia, the southwest and central United States, and southern Amazonia at much a faster rate than previously anticipated, explains University of Texas at Austin professor Rong Fu in a commentary in the March 13 edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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A 3-D View of the Greenland Ice Sheet Opens Window on Ice History

Jan. 23, 2015

Scientists using ice-penetrating radar data collected by NASA's Operation IceBridge and earlier airborne campaigns have built the first comprehensive map of layers deep inside the Greenland Ice Sheet, opening a window on past climate conditions and the ice sheet's potentially perilous future.

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