Nicole Rinaldi ’18
Extreme Climates in Tropical Coral Reefs
This summer, I worked with large-ensemble climate models from the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton. Using these models, I looked at projected changes in sea-surface temperature and acidification through time, and how these changes could adversely affect coral reef systems. A key aspect of this research was trying to determine how much warming could be attributed to anthropogenic sources and how much was driven by natural variability. While this study is very different to the proxy-filled past climate work I have done, I found it to be extremely relevant. All of the current data indicate a warmer and warmer future climate. It is extremely important to be able to predict such trends and help shape the discussion of what our future will look like in the years ahead. Using these models has enabled me to see firsthand how we have influenced our environment, and how we will continue to do so in the future.
* This internship is connected to the PEI Water and the Environment Grand Challenges project, “Coral Nitrogen Isotopes as a Recorder of Natural and Human-Driven Changes in the Nutrient Conditions of Oceanic Surface Waters.”
Climate and Oceans
Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Princeton University
Keith Rodgers, Research Scholar, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences; Sarah Schlunegger, Ph.D. Candidate, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences