The need for Qualitative Research

We discuss the powers of qualitative methods, and feature here some recent qualitative research from our journal.

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  • Forests take up carbon from the atmosphere but also change Earth’s surface energy balance through biophysical effects. Accounting for these shows that tropical forests have the highest mitigation potential; the climate benefit of higher-latitude forests is offset by their warming effects in winter.

    • Michael G. Windisch
    • Edouard L. Davin
    • Sonia I. Seneviratne
  • Climate change–induced shifts in seasonal events are often studied at population levels, which can neglect the scale at which selection operates. Here, the authors show marked small-scale spatial variation for egg-laying timing of great tits and further link these changes to the health of nearby oaks.

    • Ella F. Cole
    • Charlotte E. Regan
    • Ben C. Sheldon
  • Tropical cyclone winds intensify with warming but the impacts depend on global population, which is likely to peak by mid-century and then decline. Impact modelling suggests that stronger mitigation, under which warming would peak after the population begins to decline, may spare 1.8 billion people from impacts by 2100.

    • Tobias Geiger
    • Johannes Gütschow
    • Katja Frieler
  • Residual flood damage (RFD), the remaining damage from floods after adaptation measures have been implemented, is estimated across the globe under various adaptation scenarios and climate projections. RFD remains high in some Asian and African regions, suggesting a limit to flood adaptation there.

    • Masahiro Tanoue
    • Ryo Taguchi
    • Yukiko Hirabayashi
  • The coastal northeastern United States is a warming hotspot, and observations identify a slower Atlantic overturning circulation and a positive North Atlantic Oscillation phase as drivers. Analysis suggests that low horizontal resolution probably hampers models’ ability to capture the spatial pattern of enhanced warming.

    • Ambarish V. Karmalkar
    • Radley M. Horton
  • Nature Climate Change spoke to Kostas Stasinopoulos, Assistant Curator at Serpentine Galleries, London, about the Back to Earth project and recent book 140 Artists’ Ideas for Planet Earth, and how its mission of connection, representation and action reflects the needs of the climate crisis response.

    • Tegan Armarego-Marriott
  • Improved management of water has been shown to have important benefits in both climate adaptation and mitigation. Water must be explicitly considered in climate policy, on par with its energy and land siblings.

    • Fernando Miralles-Wilhelm
  • Water management in the western United States is rooted in an adversarial system that is highly sensitive to climate change. Reforms are needed to ensure water management is efficient, resilient and equitable moving forward.

    • Dylan R. Hedden-Nicely
  • Old-fashioned qualitative research methods are still powerful in answering the most emergent climate questions we are faced with.

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Tenth Anniversary

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