Earth orbit changes linked to monsoons

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Abstract

Variations in the solar heating of the earth and its envelopingatmosphere, caused by changes in the earth's orbit,may affect the intensity of monsoons, according to John E.Kutzbach, professor of meteorology and director of theCenter for Climate Research at the University of Wisconsinin Madison.

‘Basically, our findings show that greater heating of the land surface and overlying atmosphere produces a stronger land-ocean temperature contrast,’ Kutzbach said, ‘which in turn generates a vast continental-scale sea breeze, with air moving from the “cool” ocean to the “warm” land. This stronger monsoonal circulation brings more moisture from the oceans to the land masses and results in heavier monsoons.’

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