According to a study done by the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University, rise in global temperatures is resulting in significant loss of the Himalayan ice caps, also considered as the third pole. Loss of ice cover in the Himalayas could changed the direction of monsoon winds that carry significant amount of rain.
Speaking to Muscat Daily on the sidelines of Ocean Economy & Future Technology Conference held recently at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre, Joaquim Goes, professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University said that change in direction of monsoon winds due to melting of ice caps in the Himalayas will result in Oman’s coasts becoming more windy and bring more rainfall to the country. “We are already witnessing some changes as coastal areas in Oman, particularly central and southern Oman are becoming more windy. Also, there is an increase in overall rainfall in the sultanate in the past few years,” Professor Goes said.
“I have been studying the Arabian Sea for a very long time and have noticed that it is changing at one of the fastest rates globally. And I believe this part of the world is experiencing greatest change. The eco-system is monsoon driven and there is a change in their pattern,” he said.
Professor Goes said that the study has found that Oman due to its exposure to the Arabian Sea is going to be the most affected country in the region. “Our model is predicting that in the next 20-30 years, Oman will receive much more rain.”
He, however, clarified that there is no reason to be worried because of these changes.