Weather Pattern Causes Decline in Australian Sea Level
A group of scientists has been claiming that the plunged sea levels seen in Australia in 2011 were a consequence of combined weather patterns over the Pacific and Indian oceans.
The study was conducted by the team from the US National Centre for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). It is being said that huge rain was funneled by strange weather patterns.
While the scenario is different in other continents, Australian soils and topography avert almost all its rain from overflowing into the ocean. Thus, dry areas of the country are made to act as a huge sponge.
In the opinion of the scientists, now when the atmospheric patterns had turned normal again, more rain was being allowed to fall on the tropical oceans again. Also, the seas could increase their levels again.
It is being said that the impact resulted from the La Niña weather pattern across Australia was a hint to declined global sea levels for 18 months in 2010 and 2011. The long-term trend of growing sea levels was challenged by it. Sea level rise was resulted by melting ice sheets and higher temperatures.
"The smallest continent can affect sea level worldwide. Its influence is so strong that it can temporarily overcome the background trend of rising sea levels that we see with climate change", said Dr. John Fasullo.
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