Biological and Physical Signs of Climate Change: Focus on Mosquito-borne Diseases

Biological and Physical Signs of Climate Change: Focus on Mosquito-borne Diseases The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded that there is discernible evidence that humansthrough accelerating changes in multiple forcing factorshave begun to alter the earth's climate regime. Such conclusions are based primarily upon so-called fingerprint studies, namely the warming pattern in the midtroposphere in the Southern Hemisphere, the disproportionate rise in nighttime and winter temperatures, and the statistical increase in extreme weather events in many nations. All three aspects of climate change and climate variability have biological implications.Detection of climate change has also drawn upon data from glacial records that indicate a general retreat of tropical summit glaciers. Here the authors examine biological (plant and insect) data, glacial findings, and temperature records taken at high-elevation, mountainous regions. It is concluded that, at high elevations, the overall trends regarding glaciers, plants, insect range, and shifting isotherms show remarkable internal consistency, and that there is consistency between model projections and the ongoing changes. There are implications for public health as well as for developing an interdisciplinary approach to the detection of climate change. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society American Meteorological Society

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American Meteorological Society
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Copyright © American Meteorological Society
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1520-0477
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10.1175/1520-0477(1998)079<0409:BAPSOC>2.0.CO;2
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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded that there is discernible evidence that humansthrough accelerating changes in multiple forcing factorshave begun to alter the earth's climate regime. Such conclusions are based primarily upon so-called fingerprint studies, namely the warming pattern in the midtroposphere in the Southern Hemisphere, the disproportionate rise in nighttime and winter temperatures, and the statistical increase in extreme weather events in many nations. All three aspects of climate change and climate variability have biological implications.Detection of climate change has also drawn upon data from glacial records that indicate a general retreat of tropical summit glaciers. Here the authors examine biological (plant and insect) data, glacial findings, and temperature records taken at high-elevation, mountainous regions. It is concluded that, at high elevations, the overall trends regarding glaciers, plants, insect range, and shifting isotherms show remarkable internal consistency, and that there is consistency between model projections and the ongoing changes. There are implications for public health as well as for developing an interdisciplinary approach to the detection of climate change.

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Bulletin of the American Meteorological SocietyAmerican Meteorological Society

Published: Mar 20, 1998

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