Color of the Ocean Could Have a Drastic Effect on Hurricanes

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Ocean chlorophyll as seen by NASA’s SeaWiFS satellite.

A change in the color of ocean waters could have a drastic effect on the prevalence of hurricanes, new research indicates. In a simulation of such a change in one region of the North Pacific, the study finds that hurricane formation decreases by 70 percent. That would be a big drop for a region that accounts for more than half the world’s reported hurricane-force winds.

 

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