The Indian #monsoon
, which sees much variability, has been crucial to the country's economy. It affects 42% of employed individuals in the country — #farmers
and those working in the #agricultural
sector. At times, a 'normal' monsoon brings enough rain to keep everyone happy, but sometimes, there is either a deluge or a drought. With recent meteorological advances, these variations can be predicted and recorded. But, how do we go back hundreds of years in time to understand the historical variability in Indian monsoon? #Corals
in the #RedSea
may have answers, says a study by American researchers.
The study, published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, reconstructs the intensity of the #SouthAsian
monsoon in the past 250 years. The researchers have based this reconstruction on data obtained from #porites
, a kind of corals in the Red Sea, which act as natural records of past monsoons.
#scicomm #climatechange #nature
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Researchers drilling into coral samples. Photo credits: Whitney Bernstein (WHOI)