According to a study published in Scientific Reports, the drastic differences between the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean temperatures contribute to wildfires and droughts.
The findings indicate increasing temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean and declining temperatures in the Pacific Ocean create a stronger risk for wildfires in the southwestern US.
In addition to natural forces and global warming induced by human production, the research examines how an increase in droughts and wildfires has impacted agriculture and ecosystems across the US.
“By prescribing the effects of man-made climate change and observed global ocean temperatures, our model can reproduce the observed shifts in weather patterns and wildlife occurances,” said co-author and Director of IBS Center for Climate Physics Axel Timmermann.
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