Researchers from the University of Tsukuba foresee the Japanese capital of Tokyo to have a climate similar to Wenzhou, a coastal city in eastern China, by the end of the century because of global warming. The team of researchers also predict damage to agriculture because of the projected climate change in Tokyo.
According to the researchers, as global warming greatly affects temperatures and precipitation cycles, Tokyo can expect a climate similar to what the city of Wenzhou currently has. The coastal city in China’s Zhejiang Province, experiences frequent rains and also suffers from typhoon visits being close to East China Sea. It is also known for its humid climate. The researchers based their studies and concluded their predictions on a scenario where greenhouse effects has double concentration at the end of the century and global temperature has risen to about 2.8 degrees Celcius.
As for what to expect on a changed climate due to global warming, senior researcher Izuru Takayabu of the Meteorological Research Institute at the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) says we will see broad effects on environmental issues. “It is conceivable that communicable diseases, agricultural crops, the ecosystem, etc. will be greatly affected,” said Takayabu, who is also responsible for climate analysis at the agency.
The research team of University of Tsukuba used “Earth Simulator,” a supercomputer system at the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), to trace potential climate changes in the capital and in other cities in the world. They also found out that Tokyo’s temperature is expected to increase more than 3 degrees Celsius by that time as well.
[via The Mainichi]