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Webinar: US CLIVAR Working Group on the Changing Width of the Tropical Belt
Friday, 13 October 2017, 2:00
Wednesday, October 13, 2017. 2:00PM Eastern Time. Webinar: US CLIVAR Working Group on the Changing Width of the Tropical Belt. Paul Staten, Indiana University; Kevin Grise, University of Virginia. Sponsored by National Center for Atmospheric Research. More information here.
The tropics are often thought of as warm, moist regions near the Equator, but the edges of the tropics near 30˚ latitude are characterized by hot, dry regions, which are home to the world’s largest deserts. The boundary of the tropics has been moving poleward in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres in recent decades, potentially contributing to desertification, habitat loss, and food insecurity as the subtropical dry zones encroach poleward toward more populated midlatitude regions. This important problem is the focus of the US CLIVAR Working Group on the Changing Width of the Tropical Belt. This talk will highlight recent activities and findings of the working group.