COSEE Ocean Systems: News
Researchers find ocean temperature threshold for hurricanes is rising
Description: Scientists have long known that atmospheric convection in the form of hurricanes and tropical ocean thunderstorms tends to occur when sea surface temperature rises above a threshold. So how do rising ocean temperatures affect this threshold? If the threshold does not rise, it could mean more frequent hurricanes. A new study shows this threshold sea surface temperature for convection is rising under global warming at the same rate as that of the tropical oceans. [Source: University of Hawaii at Manoa]
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Source: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Publish Date: 11/8/2010
Reading Level: Basic
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