Simulations show Eurasia more than twice as likely to have harsh winters due to sea ice melting

October 27, 2014 2:20 PM

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Simulations show Eurasia more than twice as likely to have harsh winters due to sea ice melting

(Phys.org) —A team of researchers in Japan has found that Eurasia is twice as likely to experience severe winters over the next several decades because of melting Arctic sea ice. In their paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience, the researchers describe how they put together their computer model and why they believe that the harsher winters will only be temporary.

Prior studies have suggested that as the planet heats up due to global warming, the amount of sea ice in the Arctic decreases (due to warming water). In this new effort the researchers built computer simulations to model conditions over the past several decades, based on two separate scenarios—when ...

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