According to a study completed by the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University, rise in worldwide temperatures is resulting in substantial loss of the Himalayan ice caps, also deemed as the third pole. Loss of ice cover in the Himalayas could changed the path of monsoon winds that carry substantial quantity of rain.
Speaking to Muscat Daily
on the sidelines of Ocean Economy & Future Technology Conference held not too long ago at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre, Joaquim Goes, professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University mentioned that alter in path of monsoon winds due to melting of ice caps in the Himalayas will outcome in Oman’s coasts becoming much more windy and bring much more rainfall to the nation. “We are already witnessing some changes as coastal areas in Oman, particularly central and southern Oman are becoming more windy. Also, there is an increase in overall rainfall in the sultanate in the past few years,” Professor Goes mentioned.
“I have been studying the Arabian Sea for a very long time and have noticed that it is changing at one of the fastest rates globally. And I believe this part of the world is experiencing greatest change. The eco-system is monsoon driven and there is a change in their pattern,” he mentioned.
Professor Goes mentioned that the study has discovered that Oman due to its exposure to the Arabian Sea is going to be the most impacted nation in the area. “Our model is predicting that in the next 20-30 years, Oman will receive much more rain.”
He, nonetheless, clarified that there is no cause to be worried since of these modifications.
Information Source: Muscat Daily