Journal Club

Highlighting recently published papers selected by Academy members

Category Archives: Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences

Ocean heating from tropical cyclones

Hurricanes apparently pump heat into the ocean, according to direct measurements of the oceans detailed this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Given how hurricanes are expected to grow in intensity as the climate warms, the … Continue reading

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Meandering curves: A new understanding of channel sinuosity

Winding, curving channels are a universal landscape pattern, from the Amazonian floodplains to the Aeolis Planum–a ridged region of Mars. Wriggling groves are cut into the bedrock of Utah and the volcanic valleys of the lunar surface. Despite their ubiquity, … Continue reading

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Planets’ magnetic fields come from more complex inner flows than thought

The magnetic fields of Earth and other planets result from their dynamos—vast oceans of electrically conductive fluids such as liquid metals in their innards that roil turbulently due to convection of heat left over from the birth of those worlds. … Continue reading

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