Climate change making ocean waves stronger

Jan 15, 2019, 6:11 AM EST
(Source: Paul van de Velde/flickr)
(Source: Paul van de Velde/flickr)

According to a new research published in journal “Nature Communications,” global warming is interfering with wind patterns in a way that’s making ocean waves stronger, a phenomenon that bodes ill for coastal cities and industries such as fishing and cargo transport.

The researchers observed that localized areas of the ocean in the high latitudes of both hemispheres have stronger and higher winds, which means more challenges for coastal risk and adaptation as the global wave energy increases, notes Science Daily.

Between 1948 and 2008, the global ocean power has increased by average 0.41 percent, with waves in the Southern Ocean strengthening by more than 2 percent, reports Motherboard.

The study also indicates that the changes in global wave energy, similar to emissions concentration, sea-level rise or surface atmospheric temperatures, are a fingerprint of global warming.