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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Global warming means dangerously rocky rides for fliers

Global warming means dangerously rocky rides for fliers

Fasten your seatbelts – even tighter.

White-knuckle turbulence powerful enough to seriously injure unbuckled passengers in airplanes could become much more common because of global warming, a new study found.

“Anthropogenic climate change is expected to strengthen the vertical wind shears at aircraft cruising altitudes within the atmospheric jet streams,” an abstract of the study said, referring to environmental conditions affected by human activity.

Researchers at the University of Reading in England used supercomputer simulations to analyze transatlantic clear-air (in cloudless conditions) turbulence during the winter at around 39,000 feet if the atmosphere contained twice as much carbon dioxide.

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