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Nordenskjöld Lecture: Monsoon climate change under global warming


Nordenskjöld Lecture by Dr. Bin Wang, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and a team leader at the International Pacific Research Center at the University of Hawaii.

18 Sep 2020
10:00 - 11:00


This talk discusses the current knowledge on aspects of detection, attribution, and projection of global and regional monsoons under climate change, focusing on land monsoon rainfall that provides water resources for about 70% of the world population. Monsoon has been progressively studied since the 17th century, yet only recently have regional monsoons been recognized as a global system. The talk will begin with an elaboration of the concept of global monsoon and related debating issues, followed by a description of the observed global monsoon changes and a discussion of their primary drivers, in particular, the attribution of the recent trends and exploration of decadal variability and predictability of Northern Hemisphere land monsoon precipitation. Continued global warming and urbanization over the past century have already caused a significant rise in the intensity and frequency of extreme rainfall events in all monsoon regions. The future changes of global and regional monsoons projected by complex climate models will be reviewed with particular emphasis on the key physical processes that may be responsible for the projected changes. Toward the end of the talk, I will discuss models’ common biases, missing and poorly resolved processes, sources of projected uncertainties, and conceivable ways forward.

Short biography of the speaker

Dr. Bin Wang is a Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and a team leader at the International Pacific Research Center at the University of Hawaii. His research interests include tropical meteorology and climate dynamics, monsoon physics, tropical intraseasonal oscillation, ENSO, atmosphere-ocean interaction, climate variability and change, climate prediction and predictability, and atmospheric waves and instability. He is an elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the American Meteorological Society. He received the Carl-Gustaf Rossby Research Medal, the highest scientific achievement award bestowed by the American Meteorological Society in 2015. His contributions to the climate research community include serving as co-chair of the CLIVAR/Asian-Australian Monsoon panel, Co-chair of Science Steering Committee of the Asian Monsoon Years, and Co-Chair of Scientific Advisory Committee of APEC Climate Center.

About Nordenskjöld Lecture

The Nordenskjöld Lecture is the high profile session of the Earth System Science seminar series at the University of Gothenburg, designed to bring the leading world researchers to share their thoughts and perspectives. The lecture honours the memory of Otto Nordenskjöld, the first August Röhss professor of Geography and Ethnography at our university, who organised and led the first Swedish Antarctic expedition 1901-1903.