UCLA scientists reconstruct temperature history of tropical Pacific

By on March 25, 2014

Satellite image of Borneo (Credit: Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC)

Researchers at UCLA have put together a temperature history of areas in the western tropical Pacific Ocean, according to a release. The results of their study, published in Nature Geoscience, will help other scientists understand warming processes there.

The study focuses on the region near Borneo, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea and analyzes how temperatures have increased there. Researchers then looked at the accuracy of evolving climate predictions.

They found that the region’s temperatures have gone up considerably over the past 20,000 years and say that the increase has made the western tropical Pacific very sensitive to climate change.

Image: Satellite image of Borneo (Credit: Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC)

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