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AOSS 463 Uneven Heating

PROMPT: Uneven Heating

Current measurements show that the Earth is warming pretty much everywhere. However, it has also been observed that the warming is not happening at the same rate everywhere and, more importantly, the greatest warming is happening in northern latitudes including the Arctic.

To do:

Imagine you are visiting Congress as a citizen and wind up on an elevator with your Congressional representative and his or her aide and have two minutes (~300 words) to explain why the Arctic is more sensitive to increasing greenhouse gases than elsewhere.

  • Write an “elevator explanation”, citing all sources used..
  • Submit your writing for peer review by first submission deadline.
  • Read peer submissions as instructed by M-WRITE and submit your critiques by peer review deadline.
  • Once you receive peer reviews and reviews from M-WRITE Fellows on your submission incorporate suggestions into a final copy.
  • Submit final copy by final copy deadline.
Include
  • How the melting of sea ice and/or the land-based snowpack may affect the energy balance of the Arctic.
  • How the flow of shortwave and longwave radiation in the Arctic is changing.
  • Why the temperature response in the Arctic is expected to be larger than elsewhere.
  • An example of a positive feedback affecting the Arctic.
  • A list of all references you used to write your article.
Resources:
Assessment

Writing Fellows Assessment:

  1. Has the author identified that melting of sea ice and/or the land-based snowpack will change energy balance with more sunlight absorbed?
  2. Has author identified that the same is not happening elsewhere?
  3. Has the author identified any positive feedback mechanisms affecting Arctic warming?
  4. Has author cited their references?

Peer Review Assessment:

  1. Has the author identified that melting of sea ice and/or the land-based snowpack will change energy balance with more sunlight absorbed?
  2. Has author identified that the same is not happening elsewhere?
  3. Has the author identified any positive feedback mechanisms affecting Arctic warming?
  4. Has author cited their references?