Connecting pollutants and air temperature in the Maldives

With climate change, there are many relationships that are understood, and many others that are not.  Dr. Veerabhadran Ramanathan from  in San Diego has spent the last fifteen years in the Maldives, a nation south of India that is comprised of over 1,200 islands, studying the relationship between air pollutants, cloud formation and air temperature.

The Maldives are a great location for such an experiment because during the months of November through March, the country experiences its dry season with respect to the , and pollutant heavy air can be seen traveling from thousands of kilometers away from countries like India and Pakistan.  Furthermore, the island nation has a low elevation and is extremely sensitive to changes in sea level rise.


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