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Ocean Winds and Climate

Did you know the westerly winds in the Southern Ocean have been helping to keep our planet livable? Yes, they have been responsible for soaking up half of the human-made carbon dioxide (CO2) along with a whole lot of excess heat. Dr. Biology has the opportunity to talk with geoscientist Joellen Russell about the research she and a group of scientists have been doing in the southern hemisphere that tells us how important these winds and the oceans are for regulating the temperature of the planet.

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Topic Time
Introduction 00:00
A brief introduction of climate versus weather. 00:56
How the westerly winds of the southern hemisphere impact climate. 03:52
What does the ocean store and where? 06:21
What would happen if we put the heat stored in the oceans in the atmosphere? 06:33
How the Antarctic helps Arizona keep its cool. 07:12
Do the oceans have an unlimited capacity to absorb CO2? 09:10
Will oceans keep slowing the rate of global warming? 09:43
Adjusting computer models as we learn more to make them more accurate. 12:06
ERBE (Earth Radiation Budget Experiment) satellite. 14:48
The story of the tropics and weather. [Hadley Cells] 16:07
Hadley Cells and their effect on the tropics and deserts. 18:33
The plumbing of our atmosphere. 18:51
How oceanographers can live and the desert and still study the oceans. 19:34
Looking into the future using climate models. 22:05
Testing computer models by going back in time. 23:20
Three Questions. 23:04
When did you first know you wanted to be a scientist? 24:37
What would you do if you could not be scientist? 26:09
Advice for future scientists. 27:23
Sign-off. [learn more - SOCCOM] 29:19

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Ocean Winds and Climate

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To learn more about climate and weather, check out Crazy Climate & Wacky Weather.

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