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Uncertainty of Future South Pacific Island Rainfall Explained


October 28, 2012

globe showing storms in the South Pacific With greenhouse warming, rainfall in the South Pacific islands will depend on two competing effects--an increase due to overall warming and a decrease due to changes in atmospheric water transport--according to a study published in the Oct. 28 online issue of Nature Climate Change by an international team of scientists. In the South Pacific, these two effects sometimes cancel each other out, resulting in highly uncertain rainfall projections. Full Story

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