The heartbeat of the arctic impacts climate worldwide. Join Jen Kay, CU-Boulder assistant professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences and Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences fellow, to learn about the “heartbeat”— or melt cycles of the arctic — climate modeling, and climate change in the new video, Arctic Sea Ice, Variability, and Climate Models:
Kay studies cloud processes, polar climate, recent and projected Arctic sea ice loss, and evaluation and improvement of climate models. In this video she briefly explains how climate models work and the important role that polar regions play in the global climate system.
“What’s happening now is we’re changing the arctic sea ice,” Kay said. “It’s melting all months of the year, but especially in late summer. So we’re actually really changing the character of the heartbeat of the arctic as we go into a warmer climate as a consequence of increased greenhouse gases in our atmosphere.”
Finally, Professor Kay offers some ideas about what you can do about climate change.
Join Kay and other CU-Boulder researchers on the ice and in the lab as they study the poles’ dramatic transformations. Explore scientist’s blogs, new simulations, current graphs, and rich resources for the classroom under our new Polar Science Topic.