COSEE Ocean Systems: News
Global warming-induced upper-ocean freshening and the intensification of super typhoons
Description: Super typhoons (STYs) of the western North Pacific, rank among the most destructive natural hazards globally. The violent winds of these storms induce deep mixing of the upper ocean. Although a few studies examined the potential impacts of changes in ocean thermal structure on STYs, they did not take into account changes in near-surface salinity. Here, using a combination of observations and coupled climate model simulations, scientists show that freshening of the upper ocean, caused by greater rainfall in places where typhoons form, tends to intensify STYs. [Source: Nature Communications]
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Source: Nature Communications
Publish Date: 11/25/2016
Reading Level: Expert
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