Faculty Advisor

Volkov, Darko

Abstract

We examine in this project recent trends in the Earth's global surface temperature. This work supports the idea that the pace of global warming has not stalled in the last couple of years. We project observed trends into the future to obtain a measure of expected warming by 2050 and by 2100. Physically these projections rely on the assumption that man-made emissions of greenhouse gases will either continue at today's levels, or will continue to increase at today's rate. Finally we review what the expected impacts of average temperature change are on sea level rise, the precipitation cycle, and what adverse effects are feared regarding agriculture production.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2012

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mathematical Sciences

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