Juan Lora—a postdoctoral fellow at UCLA—and Aradhna Tripati—a professor with UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability—have found that ice distribution has a direct effect on the climates of larger regions. Their study, which explored how the collapse of an ice sheet 14,000 years ago triggered the major reorganization of a jet stream above the U.S. and Canada, suggests that similar changes could occur again as a result of ice melt in polar regions. The findings are particularly interesting in the context of California’s ongoing drought.
Source: Chilling climate revelations from the last ice age UCLA Newsroom, 28 Nov 2016
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