In 2012 we lost Jean Jacques Peters, former engineer of Flanders Hydraulics Research (1964 till 1979) and international expert in sediment transport, river hydraulics and morphology. As a tribute to him we have created potamology, a virtual memorial archive whose aim is to preserve and disseminate his way of thinking and his morphological approach to river problems all over the world.This archive provides four modules, each with its specific information set relevant to Peters’ work. Where available and if not confidential, there will also be access to the full text. In dialogue with Peters’ family we continue to make his life’s work accessible.
On the warming asymmetry between Europe and North America in climate change projections
Driesschaert, E.; Fichefet, T.; Goosse, H.; Huybrechts, P.; Janssens, I.; Mouchet, A.; Munhoven, G. (2006). On the warming asymmetry between Europe and North America in climate change projections. Université Catholique de Louvain: Louvain la Neuve. 1 poster pp.
North America warms more than the zonal mean, while Europe warms less than the zonal mean during the next millennia. This asymmetry can be explained by both regional and larger-scale processes. The amplification of the warming in NAM is due in winter and spring to the snow cover feedback and, in addition, to the sea ice feedback in autumn. The poleward heat transport in the Atlantic is reduced by 10%. This weakens the sst increase along European coasts in winter and therefore reduces the warming over the continent during this season.