COSEE Ocean Systems: News
Climatologists Offer Explanation for Widening of Tropical Belt
Description: Recent studies have shown that the Earth's tropical belt - demarcated, roughly, by the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn - has progressively expanded since at least the late 1970s. Several explanations for this widening have been proposed, such as radiative forcing due to greenhouse gas increase and stratospheric ozone depletion. Now, a team of climatologists posits that the recent widening of the tropical belt is primarily caused by multi-decadal sea surface temperature variability in the Pacific Ocean. [Source: University of California, Riverside]
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Source: University of California, Riverside
Publish Date: 3/16/2014
Reading Level: Basic
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