Climate change and water ways

Read how climate change impacts inland water climate velocity, glacier retreat and glacial lake growth, waterbird abundances, and how sea-level rise impacts coastal intrusion.  

Latest Research

  • Matters Arising |

    • J. A. G. Cooper
    • , G. Masselink
    • , G. Coco
    • , A. D. Short
    • , B. Castelle
    • , K. Rogers
    • , E. Anthony
    • , A. N. Green
    • , J. T. Kelley
    • , O. H. Pilkey
    •  & D. W. T. Jackson
  • Perspective |

    The Arctic is warming and undergoing rapid ice loss. This Perspective considers how changes in sea ice will impact the biogeochemistry and associated ecosystems of the region while calling for more observations to improve our understanding of this complex system.

    • Delphine Lannuzel
    • , Letizia Tedesco
    • , Maria van Leeuwe
    • , Karley Campbell
    • , Hauke Flores
    • , Bruno Delille
    • , Lisa Miller
    • , Jacqueline Stefels
    • , Philipp Assmy
    • , Jeff Bowman
    • , Kristina Brown
    • , Giulia Castellani
    • , Melissa Chierici
    • , Odile Crabeck
    • , Ellen Damm
    • , Brent Else
    • , Agneta Fransson
    • , François Fripiat
    • , Nicolas-Xavier Geilfus
    • , Caroline Jacques
    • , Elizabeth Jones
    • , Hermanni Kaartokallio
    • , Marie Kotovitch
    • , Klaus Meiners
    • , Sébastien Moreau
    • , Daiki Nomura
    • , Ilka Peeken
    • , Janne-Markus Rintala
    • , Nadja Steiner
    • , Jean-Louis Tison
    • , Martin Vancoppenolle
    • , Fanny Van der Linden
    • , Marcello Vichi
    •  & Pat Wongpan
  • Article |

    The east–west gradient in equatorial Pacific sea surface temperature has strengthened, but models suggest the opposite in past and future climates. Model ensembles show that the observed trend can arise from internal variability but their gradient weakens in the long term, causing more climate warming.

    • Masahiro Watanabe
    • , Jean-Louis Dufresne
    • , Yu Kosaka
    • , Thorsten Mauritsen
    •  & Hiroaki Tatebe
  • Article |

    Spring phenology is influenced by chilling, forcing and photoperiod cues; the phenological response to warming from anthropogenic climate change may be slowed by chilling or photoperiod. Plant species respond to all cues in experiments but under environmental conditions, forcing predominates.

    • A. K. Ettinger
    • , C. J. Chamberlain
    • , I. Morales-Castilla
    • , D. M. Buonaiuto
    • , D. F. B. Flynn
    • , T. Savas
    • , J. A. Samaha
    •  & E. M. Wolkovich
  • Article |

    The biological pump sequesters carbon to the deep ocean. Ocean acidification, through impacts on plankton and food-web structure, is shown to alter the carbon-to-nitrogen ratio of organic material export, with heterotrophic processes playing a key role.

    • Jan Taucher
    • , Tim Boxhammer
    • , Lennart T. Bach
    • , Allanah J. Paul
    • , Markus Schartau
    • , Paul Stange
    •  & Ulf Riebesell

News & Comment

  • Editorial |

    The climate crisis highlights just how connected the world is. But understanding the changes cascading throughout the natural world calls for even greater connectivity: between countries, scientists and scientific disciplines.

  • Comment |

    As the world’s economies seek to use new renewable energy developments to address climate change and reinvigorate economies post-COVID-19, avoiding a fixation on targets in decision-making will ensure positive social and environmental outcomes.

    • Scott Spillias
    • , Peter Kareiva
    • , Mary Ruckelshaus
    •  & Eve McDonald-Madden
  • News & Views |

    Increasing fire frequency and severity may shift boreal forests from carbon sinks to carbon sources and amplify climate warming. Analysis indicates that fuel characteristics are important drivers of wildfire carbon emissions across a broad range of North America’s boreal forest.

    • Rachel A. Loehman
  • News & Views |

    Agricultural systems are vulnerable to climate change, and global reservoirs of plant genetic diversity are proving to be a valuable means of crop adaptation. A study now shows that production of sweet potato is at risk from extreme heat events, but a few tolerant cultivars can still thrive and potentially provide climate resilience.

    • Samuel Pironon
    •  & Marybel Soto Gomez

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