Friday, 23 October 2009

Mapping predicted temperature changes

map produced by the British Met Office of a world an average four degrees centigrade warmer than now shows that the area where most Australians live will suffer less than most parts of the world.
According to the Met’s computer modelling temperatures on land would rise by more than the average of global warming because land will heat up more quickly than the sea, and high latitudes, particularly the Arctic, will have larger temperature increases.
An overall rise of four degrees would see the average land temperature 5.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels yet in Australia the coastal fringes would go up by three degrees or less.

The interactive map is designed to show what areas of the world would be affected by such phenomena as drought, cyclones and bush fires with the greatest impact on Australia predicted to be more intense bush fires.
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