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Understanding the predictability of Arctic climate
Group: Wageningen University, Meteorology and Air Quality
Promotor: Prof.dr.ir. W. Hazeleger
Copromotor: Prof.dr. R. Bintanja
The Arctic region has over recent decades seen large changes to its natural environment. Observations have shown that the Arctic is warming much faster compared to the rest of the world, mostly noticed by the strong decrease of sea ice. These changes present threats to e.g. the unique Arctic ecosystem and indigenous communities, but also opportunities for e.g. shipping and exploration of natural resources. Hence, there is a strong need for better knowledge on the future state of the Arctic. This thesis therefore focuses on the predictability of the Arctic climate on time scales ranging from seasonal to centennial, with an emphasis on the physical processes that give rise to, or inhibit, this predictability. This is achieved by studying the physical mechanisms related to Arctic climate variability and climate change, both in climate models and observations.
By September we will present an overview of SENSE dissertations on this page, with links to the full texts of the dissertations.