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Sea-surface temps are warming
Contributed to the destruction of 25% of the world's coral reefs (coral bleeching)
Sea level is rising
May rise 85 cm this century. Poses threat to coastal communities, wetlands, and coral reefs.
Arctic sea ice is melting
The summer thickness of sea ice is half of that in 1950.
Increase in drought in some areas
Mainly a problem in Africa.
Ecosystems are changing
Species migrate or die.
Agricultural regions are effected
Mid-latitude areas such as Europe recieve a longer growing season, while some tropical areas are becoming too hot and dry to grow crops
Heavier rainfall
Causes flooding. More damage.
Walker Circulation
Evaporation from warm ocean moistens lower atmosphere. Trade winds carry moisture west. Moist air rises and feeds rain. Dry air cools and sinks.
Pacific Decadal Oscillation
Climate feature that captures much of the variability in meteorological forces. Phases tend to last a few tens of years, then change.