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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931881/contrasting-subtropical-pv-intrusion-frequency-and-their-impact-on-tropospheric-ozone-distribution-over-pacific-ocean-in-el-ni%C3%A3-o-and-la-ni%C3%A3-a-conditions
#1
Debashis Nath, Wen Chen, Hans-F Graf, Xiaoqiang Lan, Hainan Gong
Upper tropospheric equatorial westerly ducts over the Pacific Ocean are the preferred location for Rossby wave breaking events during boreal winter and spring. These subtropical wave breaking events lead to the intrusion of high PV (potential vorticity) air along the extra-tropical tropopause and transport ozone rich dry stratospheric air into the tropics. The intrusion frequency has strong interannual variability due to ENSO (El-Niño/Southern Oscillation), with more events under La-Niña and less under El-Niño conditions...
September 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922585/climatic-and-anthropogenic-drivers-of-northern-amazon-fires-during-the-2015-2016-el-ni%C3%A3-o-event
#2
Marisa G Fonseca, Liana O Anderson, Egidio Arai, Yosio E Shimabukuro, Haron A M Xaud, Maristela R Xaud, Nima Madani, Fabien H Wagner, Luiz E O C Aragão
The strong El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) event that occurred in 2015/2016 caused extreme drought in the northern Brazilian Amazon, especially in the state of Roraima, increasing fire occurrence. Here we map the extent of precipitation and fire anomalies and quantify the effects of climatic and anthropogenic drivers on fire occurrence during the 2015/2016 dry season (from December 2015 to March 2016) in the state of Roraima. To achieve these objectives we first estimated the spatial pattern of precipitation anomalies, based on long-term data from the TRMM (Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission), and the fire anomaly, based on MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) active fire detections during the referred period...
September 18, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915337/the-cost-and-cost-effectiveness-of-childhood-cancer-treatment-in-el-salvador-central-america-a-report-from-the-childhood-cancer-2030-network
#3
Soad Fuentes-Alabi, Nickhill Bhakta, Roberto Franklin Vasquez, Sumit Gupta, Susan E Horton
BACKGROUND: Although previous studies have examined the cost of treating individual childhood cancers in low-income and middle-income countries, to the authors' knowledge none has examined the overall cost and cost-effectiveness of operating a childhood cancer treatment center. Herein, the authors examined the cost and sources of financing of a pediatric cancer unit in Hospital Nacional de Ninos Benjamin Bloom in El Salvador, and make estimates of cost-effectiveness. METHODS: Administrative data regarding costs and volumes of inputs were obtained for 2016 for the pediatric cancer unit...
September 15, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904787/spatiotemporal-variability-of-soil-respiration-in-a-seasonal-tropical-forest
#4
Vanessa E Rubio, Matteo Detto
We monitored soil CO 2 effluxes for over 3 years in a seasonally wet tropical forest in Central Panama using automated and manual measurements from 2013 to 2016. The measurements displayed a high degree of spatial and temporal variability. Temporal variability could be largely explained by surface soil water dynamics over a broad range of temporal scales. Soil moisture was responsible for seasonal cycles, diurnal cycles, intraseasonal variability such as rain-induced pulses following dry spells, as well as suppression during near saturated conditions, and ultimately, interannual variability...
September 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871188/himalayan-glaciers-experienced-significant-mass-loss-during-later-phases-of-little-ice-age
#5
Mayank Shekhar, Anshuman Bhardwaj, Shaktiman Singh, Parminder S Ranhotra, Amalava Bhattacharyya, Ashish K Pal, Ipsita Roy, F Javier Martín-Torres, María-Paz Zorzano
To date, there is a gap in the data about the state and mass balance of glaciers in the climate-sensitive subtropical regions during the Little Ice Age (LIA). Here, based on an unprecedented tree-ring sampling coverage, we present the longest reconstructed mass balance record for the Western Himalayan glaciers, dating to 1615. Our results confirm that the later phase of LIA was substantially briefer and weaker in the Himalaya than in the Arctic and subarctic regions. Furthermore, analysis of the time-series of the mass-balance against other time-series shows clear evidence of the existence of (i) a significant glacial decay and a significantly weaker magnitude of glaciation during the latter half of the LIA; (ii) a weak regional mass balance dependence on either the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) or the Total Solar Irradiance (TSI) taken in isolation, but a considerable combined influence of both of them during the LIA; and (iii) in addition to anthropogenic climate change, the strong effect from the increased yearly concurrence of extremely high TSI with El Niño over the past five decades, resulting in severe glacial mass loss...
September 4, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28860518/persistent-anomalies-of-the-extratropical-northern-hemisphere-wintertime-circulation-as-an-initiator-of-el-ni%C3%A3-o-southern-oscillation-events
#6
Bruce T Anderson, Pedram Hassanzadeh, Rodrigo Caballero
Climates across both hemispheres are strongly influenced by tropical Pacific variability associated with the El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO). Conversely, extratropical variability also can affect the tropics. In particular, seasonal-mean alterations of near-surface winds associated with the North Pacific Oscillation (NPO) serve as a significant extratropical forcing agent of ENSO. However, it is still unclear what dynamical processes give rise to year-to-year shifts in these long-lived NPO anomalies. Here we show that intraseasonal variability in boreal winter pressure patterns over the Central North Pacific (CNP) imparts a significant signature upon the seasonal-mean circulations characteristic of the NPO...
August 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28852107/a-functional-approach-to-the-structural-complexity-of-coral-assemblages-based-on-colony-morphological-features
#7
Vianney Denis, Lauriane Ribas-Deulofeu, Nicolas Sturaro, Chao-Yang Kuo, Chaolun Allen Chen
Colony morphological features is among the best predictor of the scleractinian coral's function in reef ecosystems. However, morphological traits are categorical and to convert this information into a quantitative value as well as estimate their influence on ecosystem process remain a challenge. Here, we propose a trait-based approach to quantify morphological diversity and assess the structural complexity of the habitat provided by corals. We used a previously published dataset that is related to a bleaching event that affected the coral reef off Tikus Island in Indonesia in 1983...
August 29, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28835214/ageing-exposure-to-pollution-and-interactions-between-climate-change-and-local-seasons-as-oxidant-conditions-predicting-incident-hematologic-malignancy-at-kinshasa-university-clinics-democratic-republic-of-congo-drc
#8
Mireille Solange Nganga Nkanga, Benjamin Longo-Mbenza, Oladele Vincent Adeniyi, Jacques Bikaula Ngwidiwo, Antoine Lufimbo Katawandja, Paul Roger Beia Kazadi, Alain Nganga Nzonzila
BACKGROUND: The global burden of hematologic malignancy (HM) is rapidly rising with aging, exposure to polluted environments, and global and local climate variability all being well-established conditions of oxidative stress. However, there is currently no information on the extent and predictors of HM at Kinshasa University Clinics (KUC), DR Congo (DRC). This study evaluated the impact of bio-clinical factors, exposure to polluted environments, and interactions between global climate changes (EL Nino and La Nina) and local climate (dry and rainy seasons) on the incidence of HM...
August 23, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816255/massive-el-ni%C3%A3-o-sent-greenhouse-gas-emissions-soaring
#9
Gabriel Popkin
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 10, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814764/percolation-phase-transition-of-surface-air-temperature-networks-a-new-test-bed-for-el-ni%C3%A3-o-la-ni%C3%A3-a-simulations
#10
Lijuan Hua, Zhenghui Lu, Naiming Yuan, Lin Chen, Yongqiang Yu, Lu Wang
In this work, we studied the air-sea interaction over the tropical central eastern Pacific from a new perspective, climate network. The surface air temperatures over the tropical Pacific were constructed as a network, and the nodes within this network were linked if they have a similar temporal varying pattern. Using three different reanalysis datasets, we verified the percolation phase transition. That is, when the influences of El Niño/La Niña are strong enough to isolate more than 48% of the nodes, the network may abruptly be divided into many small pieces, indicating a change of the network state...
August 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813107/climatic-characteristics-of-the-2010-2016-drought-in-the-semiarid-northeast-brazil-region
#11
José A Marengo, Lincoln M Alves, Regina C S Alvala, Ana Paula Cunha, Sheila Brito, Osvaldo L L Moraes
This study discusses the climatological aspects of the most severe drought ever recorded in the semiarid region Northeast Brazil. Droughts are recurrent in the region and while El Nino has driven some of these events others are more dependent on the tropical North Atlantic sea surface temperature fields. The drought affecting this region during the last 5 years shows an intensity and impact not seen in several decades in the regional economy and society. The analysis of this event using drought indicators as well as meteorological fields shows that since the middle 1990s to 2016, 16 out of 25 years experienced rainfall below normal...
August 14, 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811644/the-link-between-enso-like-forcing-and-hydroclimate-variability-of-coastal-east-asia-during-the-last-millennium
#12
Jungjae Park, Jiwoo Han, Qiuhong Jin, Junbeom Bahk, Sangheon Yi
Inconsistent reconstructions of East Asian hydroclimate for the last millennium significantly limit our understanding of the mechanisms behind climate variability during the medieval climate anomaly (MCA) and little ice age (LIA) in the region. In this study, we present new high-resolution multiproxy records (diatom, δ(13)C, C/N, TS) from the Mulyoungari swamp, Jeju Island, South Korea. Our results indicate that El Niño southern oscillation-like variations caused the dry MCA/wet LIA pattern in the study area...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809937/understanding-large-scale-long-term-larval-connectivity-patterns-the-case-of-the-northern-line-islands-in-the-central-pacific-ocean
#13
Lorenzo Mari, Luca Bonaventura, Andrea Storto, Paco Melià, Marino Gatto, Simona Masina, Renato Casagrandi
Protecting key hotspots of marine biodiversity is essential to maintain ecosystem services at large spatial scales. Protected areas serve not only as sources of propagules colonizing other habitats, but also as receptors, thus acting as protected nurseries. To quantify the geographical extent and the temporal persistence of ecological benefits resulting from protection, we investigate larval connectivity within a remote archipelago, characterized by a strong spatial gradient of human impact from pristine to heavily exploited: the Northern Line Islands (NLIs), including part of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument (PRI-MNM)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805245/tropical-rainforest-carbon-sink-declines-during-el-ni%C3%A3-o-as-a-result-of-reduced-photosynthesis-and-increased-respiration-rates
#14
Molly A Cavaleri, Adam P Coble, Michael G Ryan, William L Bauerle, Henry W Loescher, Steven F Oberbauer
Changes in tropical forest carbon sink strength during El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) events can indicate future behavior under climate change. Previous studies revealed ˜6 Mg C ha(-1)  yr(-1) lower net ecosystem production (NEP) during ENSO year 1998 compared with non-ENSO year 2000 in a Costa Rican tropical rainforest. We explored environmental drivers of this change and examined the contributions of ecosystem respiration (RE) and gross primary production (GPP) to this weakened carbon sink. For 1998-2000, we estimated RE using chamber-based respiration measurements, and we estimated GPP in two ways: using (1) the canopy process model MAESTRA, and (2) combined eddy covariance and chamber respiration data...
August 14, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797249/wind-conditions-on-migration-influence-the-annual-survival-of-a-neotropical-migrant-the-western-yellow-breasted-chat-icteria-virens-auricollis
#15
Andrew C Huang, Christine A Bishop, René McKibbin, Anna Drake, David J Green
BACKGROUND: Long-distance migratory birds in North America have undergone precipitous declines over the past half-century. Although the trend is clear, for many migrating species underpinning the exact causes poses a challenge to conservation due to the numerous stressors that they encounter. Climate conditions during all phases of their annual cycle can have important consequences for their survival. Here, using 15 years of capture-recapture dataset, we determined the effects of various climate factors during the breeding, wintering, and migrating stages on the annual survival of a western yellow-breasted chat (Icteria virens auricollis) population breeding in southwestern Canada...
August 10, 2017: BMC Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791146/synchronous-population-dynamics-in-california-butterflies-explained-by-climatic-forcing
#16
Nicholas A Pardikes, Joshua G Harrison, Arthur M Shapiro, Matthew L Forister
A long-standing challenge for population biology has been to understand why some species are characterized by populations that fluctuate in size independently, while populations of other species fluctuate synchronously across space. The effects of climatic variation and dispersal have been invoked to explain synchronous population dynamics, however an understanding of the relative influence of these drivers in natural populations is lacking. Here we compare support for dispersal- versus climate-driven models of interspecific variation in synchrony using 27 years of observations of 65 butterfly species at 10 sites spanning 2750 m of elevation in Northern California...
July 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777801/freshwater-exchanges-and-surface-salinity-in-the-colombian-basin-caribbean-sea
#17
Emilio Beier, Gladys Bernal, Mauricio Ruiz-Ochoa, Eric Desmond Barton
Despite the heavy regional rainfall and considerable discharge of many rivers into the Colombian Basin, there have been few detailed studies about the dilution of Caribbean Surface Water and the variability of salinity in the southwestern Caribbean. An analysis of the precipitation, evaporation and runoff in relation to the climate variability demonstrates that although the salt balance in the Colombian Basin overall is in equilibrium, the area south of 12°N is an important dilution sub-basin. In the southwest of the basin, in the region of the Panama-Colombia Gyre, Caribbean Sea Water is diluted by precipitation and runoff year round, while in the northeast, off La Guajira, its salinity increases from December to May by upwelling...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768116/on-reproductive-work-in-spain-transnational-adoption-egg-donation-surrogacy
#18
Diana Marre, Beatriz San Román, Diana Guerra
Spain's plummeting fertility since the late twentieth century may seem to reflect a waning desire for children. Nevertheless, reproductive disappointments resulting from gender inequalities cause many Spanish women to postpone motherhood and experience age-related fertility problems. For them, creating a family often becomes possible only through the reproductive labor of other women. Our analysis of transnational adoption, egg donation, and surrogacy in Spain shows how anonymity and altruism play out in these three strategies, with implications for the valuation of women's reproductive work and relationships among reproductive providers, intermediaries, recipients, and the resulting children...
August 2, 2017: Medical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746734/spatial-evaluation-of-indonesia-s-2015-fire-affected-area-and-estimated-carbon-emissions-using-sentinel-1
#19
Sandra Lohberger, Matthias Stängel, Elizabeth C Atwood, Florian Siegert
Fires raged once again across Indonesia in the latter half of 2015, creating a state of emergency due to poisonous smoke and haze across Southeast Asia as well as incurring great financial costs to the government. A strong El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) led to drought in many parts of Indonesia, resulting in elevated fire occurrence comparable with the previous catastrophic event in 1997/98. Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data promise to provide improved detection of land use and land cover changes in the tropics as compared to methodologies dependent upon cloud and haze free images...
July 26, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746389/a-model-for-simulating-the-active-dispersal-of-juvenile-sea-turtles-with-a-case-study-on-western-pacific-leatherback-turtles
#20
Philippe Gaspar, Maxime Lalire
Oceanic currents are known to broadly shape the dispersal of juvenile sea turtles during their pelagic stage. Accordingly, simple passive drift models are widely used to investigate the distribution at sea of various juvenile sea turtle populations. However, evidence is growing that juveniles do not drift purely passively but also display some swimming activity likely directed towards favorable habitats. We therefore present here a novel Sea Turtle Active Movement Model (STAMM) in which juvenile sea turtles actively disperse under the combined effects of oceanic currents and habitat-driven movements...
2017: PloS One
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