The impact of vanishing Arctic sea ice on the climate of Ireland


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Coupled climate models with increasing greenhouse gas concentrations and changing aerosol concentrations indicate an increase in the westerly airflow in mid-latitudes in winter as well as more extreme storms and precipitation events. However, declining Arctic sea ice may alter this projection. A sensitivity experiment run with the EC-Earth global model with Arctic sea ice removed shows a weakening of the westerly flow over Ireland. Such a change would increase the likelihood of cold continental air outbreaks over Ireland during winter.



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Semmler, T. (2013): The impact of vanishing Arctic sea ice on the climate of Ireland / E. Gleeson , R. McGrath and M. Treanor (editors) , In: Ireland's Climate: the road ahead, Ireland's Climate: the road ahead, Dublin, Met Eireann, 103 p., ISBN: 978-0-9521232-6-2 .


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