Mapping climate change

Scientists have used satellite data to make a global map of climate change sensitivity.
19 February 2016
Presented by Chris Smith


Map produced by researchers at Bergen Univeristy showing sensitivity to climate change. Red shows high sensitivity while green shows low sensitivity.


Many people make the assumption that climate change means that places will become warmer; and indeed some will. But more important in some ways is how the climate in a particular geography might become more variable. Because, if the temperatures, cloud cover and rainfall become less predictable and operate over a greater range than they have historically, this could affect how the ecosystems - the web of plant and animal life - in those areas can operate. And this week scientists took the first steps towards studying whether this is a real risk and highlighting those areas we need to worry about. Alastair Seddon is at the University of Bergen and he talked Chris Smith through his research.


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