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One more reason to keep learning about the oceans

This weekend the BBC reported on a yet another connection between land and sea in an article by Mark Kinver.

Scientists now recognize the relationship  between sea surface temperature changes of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans and the occurrence of forest fires in the Amazon. Sea surface temperature also appear to play a role in the regulation of precipitation in this area.

They established a correlation between the two  through the use of the Oceanic Nino Index and Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation, both used to determine cool and warm events in the oceans. The scientists were then able to produce models used to predict fires up to 5 months in advance. Predicting the future of forest fires proves so important as it allows time to develop policies emphasizing the management of fires to conserve important resources.

So as we keep seeing, the oceans play a very significant role in many natural occurences that affect us all.

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