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Coastal California and Climate Change

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April 21st, 2013 Category: Climate Change

USA – April 21st, 2013

A mechanism exists whereby global greenhouse warming could, by intensifying the alongshore wind stress on the ocean surface, lead to acceleration of coastal upwelling. Evidence from several different regions suggests that the major coastal upwelling systems of the world have been growing in upwelling intensity as greenhouse gases have accumulated in the earth’s atmosphere. Thus the cool foggy summer conditions that typify the coastlands of California and other similar upwelling regions might, under global warming, become even more pronounced. Effects of enhanced upwelling on the marine ecosystem are uncertain but potentially dramatic (click here for more information).

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