Western Ghats forest cover vital for Tamil Nadu’s South-West monsoon rainfall

Researchers have found one more reason why urgent steps have to be taken to stop deforestation in the Western Ghats. The dense vegetation in the Western Ghats determines the amount of rainfall that Tamil Nadu gets during the summer monsoon.

 

The study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters also found that deforestation of the Ghats led to 0.25 degree C increase in surface temperature across the State. The work was done in collaboration with Prof. Raghu Murtugudde of University of Maryland and Dr K. Rajedran from CSIR-Fourth Paradigm Institute (CSIR-4PI), Bangalore.

 

Soruce: http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/western-ghats-forest-cover-vital-for-tamil-nadus-sw-monsoon-rainfall/article23761534.ece

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