Rapid Climate Change (RAPID and RAPID-WATCH)

Tropical cyclone Catarina, 26 March 2004. The first hurricane recorded in the South Atlantic. Image courtesy of MODIS Rapid Response project at NASA/GSFC.
Tropical cyclone Catarina, 26 March 2004. The first hurricane recorded in the South Atlantic. Image courtesy of MODIS Rapid Response project at NASA/GSFC. ©

The Rapid Climate Change programme (RAPID) is an effort to understand the causes of sudden changes in the Earth's climate. Its continuation programme, RAPID - Will the Atlantic Thermohaline Circulation Halt? (RAPID-WATCH), aims to build on RAPID and deliver a decade-long (2004-2014) time series of observations of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (MOC). Studies of past climate have shown that large changes can occur over timescales as small as ten or twenty years. To find out more, follow these links

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