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Warmer oceans mean less rainfall

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26 February 2010

By Digby Hildreth

A NATURAL cycle that links coral reefs with rainfall over coastal forests is in danger, according to local scientists.

A marine researcher with Southern Cross University fears warmer oceans will impair coral’s ability to produce cloud-seeding chemicals – meaning the oceans will be deprived of cloud cover and there will be less rainfall as clouds hit the coast.

Associate Professor Graham Jones’ resrearch over the past 20 years has been on how coral reefs and the oceans produce a natural gas which creates clouds over the ocean.

He and his research team have found that algae living in coral tissue and in the ocean produce huge amounts of the gas, dimethyl sulphide (DMS), which forms ‘cloud seeds’ when it reaches the air.

……..The results of theresearch will be presented at an international symposium at the National Institute of Oceanography in Goa, India, in October and at conferences in Brisbane and Cairns in June…….Read complete news item….

Written by csirindia

February 28, 2010 at 10:27 am

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