Now, in a time when the scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson warned us about a possible “asteroid tsunami” that would happen in 2036, a more probable danger is upon the United States. More specifically, the Gulf Stream slowdown would eventually result in sea rising and hotter weather in coastal Florida.
The Gulf Stream is made of clockwise currents that flow in the Atlantic Ocean, moving the warm water from the tropics towards the US East Coast and even further, towards northwestern Europe. Global warming, however, affects the Gulf Stream current, a fact that causes considerable changes.
According to some recent studies, this oceanic current system hit its lowest point in the last 1,600 years. It has slowed down with about 15% since the mid-20th century. And that’s something we should worry about since such a phenomenon would lead to sea rising and significantly warmer weather in Florida, in the US.
The Gulf Stream Slowdown Could Result In Sea Rising In Florida
If you slow down the sinking of water in the North Atlantic, that means you have a pileup of waters along the eastern seaboard of the United States and the Gulf of Mexico,” explained Brenda Ekwurzel from the Union of Concerned Scientists that is an environmental group.
However, Florida would not be the only US state affected by the Gulf Stream slowdown. “That means that you have increased regional sea-level rise just from that ocean circulation change. So that’s not good for New York City, Norfolk or along Florida,” Ekwurzel added.
Even though the scientists believe that the Gulf Stream slowdown would represent a considerable impact on Florida’s climate, the researchers still don’t know to which extent would that happen. Noteworthy, the before-mentioned oceanic current system is “one of the things that makes fishing so good here [Florida], the ability of the Gulf Stream to bring in migratory fish,” Ekwurzel said. In short, the Gulf Stream slowdown would not only trigger sea rising in Florida, but it would also affect fishing in the area.
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