There's no doubt, 2013 was a busy year in climate science. As
well as a bumper new climate report from the UN's official climate
assessment body - the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - a few bits of research
caused quite a stir on their own.
We've cast our collective Carbon Brief mind back over the year
to find the five science papers that had everybody talking.
What hockey stick graphs tell us about recent climate
Using fossils, corals, ice cores and tree rings, a study in
the journal Science in March became the first to take a 11,300-year
peek back into earth's temperature history.
Shaun Marcott and colleagues
showed global temperature rose faster in the past century
than it has since the end of the last ice age, more than 11,000
The story piqued the interest of
The Daily Mail and
The Evening Standard. And as an extension of Michael Mann's
stick" graph, the paper attracted a good deal of attention from
climate skeptic corners too.
Global temperature reconstructed for the past 11,300 years
by Marcott et al. (purple line) and for the past 2,000 years by
Mann et al. (grey lines) Source:
Marcott, S. A. et al., (2013) A Reconstruction of Regional
and Global Temperature for the Past 11,300 Years. Science, DOI:10.1126/science.1228026
oceans are getting warmer, faster
study led by UK researcher Magdalena Balmaseda highlighted
why its important not to overlook the oceans when thinking about
Publishing in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, the
authors showed just
how much the oceans have warmed in the past 50 years - and that the
pace accelerated sharply after about 2000.