8 July 2010
Professor Georgiy L. Stenchikov
Strong explosive volcanic eruptions could inject in the lower stratosphere million tons of SO2, which being converted to sulfate aerosols, affect radiative balance of the planet for a few years. During this period the volcanic radiative forcing dominates other forcings producing distinct detectable climate responses. Therefore volcanic impacts provide invaluable natural test of climate nonlinearities and feedback mechanisms. In this talk I will overview volcanic impacts on tropospheric and strsatospheric temperature, ozone, high-latitude circulation, stratosphere-troposphere dynamic interaction, and focus on the long-term volcanic effect on ocean heat content and sea level.
- OCCAM Special Seminar