Clouds in the climate system

Cloud processes and feedbacks are leading sources of uncertainty in climate change estimates. See featured work, including research in our June issue, on clouds, cloud microphysics and precipitation.

  • Timothy A. Myers
  • Ryan C. Scott
  • Peter M. Caldwell

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  • Climate change communication is more likely to persuade when the message and the messenger resonate with the audience’s values and identities. A campaign field experiment testing online messages tailored to US Republicans increased their climate change beliefs, risk perceptions and issue importance.

    • Matthew H. Goldberg
    • Abel Gustafson
    • Anthony Leiserowitz
  • The climate impact of water-table drawdown in peatlands is unclear as carbon dioxide emissions increase and methane emissions decrease due to drying. This study shows decreasing water-table depth results in net greenhouse gas emissions from global peatlands, despite reducing methane emissions.

    • Yuanyuan Huang
    • Phillipe Ciais
    • Laiye Qu
  • Exploring how biodiversity and climate change are interlinked, the authors show that limiting warming could maintain tree diversity, avoiding primary productivity loss. Countries with greater climate change economic costs benefit most: a potential triple win for climate, biodiversity and society.

    • Akira S. Mori
    • Laura E. Dee
    • Forest Isbell
  • Using measurements from 139 global lakes, the authors demonstrate how long-term thermal habitat change in lakes is exacerbated by species’ seasonal and depth-related constraints. They further reveal higher change in tropical lakes, and those with high biodiversity and endemism.

    • Benjamin M. Kraemer
    • Rachel M. Pilla
    • Rita Adrian
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  • Understanding the temperature sensitivity of soil respiration is critical to determining soil carbon dynamics under climate change. Spatial heterogeneity in controls highlights the importance of interactions between vegetation, soil and climate in driving the response of respiration to warming.

    • David Haaf
    • Johan Six
    • Sebastian Doetterl
  • CMIP6 models simulate higher and more accurate cloud liquid water fraction relative to CMIP5, but both ensembles overestimate warm cloud precipitation. Correcting these warm cloud processes in a model exposes compensating biases large enough to offset CMIP5–CMIP6 climate sensitivity differences.

    • Johannes Mülmenstädt
    • Marc Salzmann
    • Johannes Quaas
Tenth Anniversary

Tenth Anniversary

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Nature Climate Change, we invited experts to highlight exciting developments of the past decade, and talk to our past and present editors about some of the remarkable papers published in the journal.

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