Soot on Tibetan snow causes rainfall over India, ChinaMarch 4th, 2011 - 1:38 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, March 4 (IANS) Soot falling on the snow covered Tibetan Plateau causes more rainfall over India and China, says a new study.
Soot precipitates the plateau’s glacier to melt sooner than usual each year, causing farmers below it to have less water for their summer crops.
In a domino effect, the melting then prods two of the region’s monsoon systems to become stronger over India and China.
“On the global scale, greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide cause the most concern related to climate change,” said Yun Qian, study co-author and atmospheric scientist at Pacific Northwest National Lab in the US.
“But our research shows that in some places like the Tibetan Plateau, soot can do more damage,” Qian was cited by the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics as saying.
Qian and colleagues focused their research on the Tibetan Plateau, a giant outcropping of land between China and India that’s nicknamed the “Roof of the World”, according to a Pacific Lab statement.
About five times the size of Texas and as much as eight km high in places, the Tibetan Plateau greatly influences Asia’s weather, including the annual deluge of rain and strong winds that come with monsoons.
Glaciers and snow on the plateau grow and melt as seasons change, providing runoff that feeds most of the region’s major rivers, including the Yangtze in China and the Ganges in India.
- Soot on Tibetan snow 'causes more rainfall over India and China' - Mar 04, 2011
- Soot and dust damaging Himalayas: NASA - Dec 16, 2009
- Clouds of soot melting glaciers in Himalayas and Tibetan plateau - Oct 05, 2009
- Black carbon deposits on Himalayas threaten Earth's 'Third Pole' - Dec 15, 2009
- Cooking fires weakening Indian monsoon, says expert - Jul 14, 2009
- Soot from India triggers retreat of Himalayan glaciers - Feb 04, 2010
- Dust and soot causing rapid retreat of Himalayan glaciers - Dec 15, 2009
- Tibetan plateau facing environmental degradation: Report - Sep 05, 2011
- Soot emissions key factor in global warming, says expert - Jul 29, 2010
- Tibet vulnerable to climate change, says Karmapa - Nov 24, 2011
- Alarm bells over Greenland ice melt - Oct 26, 2011
- China's glaciers may shrink 27 percent by 2050: Report - Oct 09, 2010
- Dalai Lama on Wikileak - focus on climate not politics in Tibet - Dec 17, 2010
- Indian scientist says clean cooking stoves can save the planet - Apr 19, 2009
- Black carbon from India contributing in melting of Himalayan glaciers - Feb 04, 2010
Tags: atmospheric chemistry and physics, atmospheric scientist, climate change, co author, deluge, domino effect, ganges, glaciers, global scale, greenhouse gases, india china, monsoon, pacific northwest, pacific northwest national lab, s glacier, soot, strong winds, summer crops, tibetan plateau, yangtze