CICERO - Center for International Climate Research

Sensible heat has significantly affected the global hydrological cycle over the historical period

Multiple lines of evidence indicate widespread changes to the global water cycle since 1950. Here we show, using a range of climate modelling results, that changes in sensible heat are the dominant contributor to the present global-mean precipitation change since preindustrial time.

Global collective effort

We have a big challenge ahead of us if we are to hold global warming to under 2°C. This is largely because we have already used up most of our collective 'carbon budget'.

Half of flooding damage left uninsured

Flooding events are hitting many parts of the world, causing big infrastructure damage. But flooding can also have large indirect costs for the global economy. In a new report, CICERO analyses the total costs of four flooding events. An increasing share of costs are left uninsured, the authors warn.

Keeping the reservoirs full

In a low carbon future, more of Europe’s electricity will have to be fuelled by the weather. Frequent and accurate forecasting is key to optimizing production of renewable energy.