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Climate is the average and variations of weather in a region over long periods of time. The climate of a location is affected by the presence of mountains, ice caps, as well nearby oceans and their associated currents. Locations on the western side of oceans exposed to warm water currents are relatively warm and humid, while deserts tend to exist on the east side of oceans where cold water currents contribute less warmth and moisture, leading to a more stable atmospheric profile. Mountain chains can cut off moisture streaming off an ocean or bay from reaching more inland locations. Climate zones can be defined using parameters such as temperature and rainfall to define desert, steppe, rain forest and polar ice cap regimes.
Paleoclimatology is the study and description of ancient climates using information from both non-biotic factors such as sediments found in lake beds and ice cores, and biotic factors such as tree rings and coral, and can be used to extend back the temperature or rainfall information for particular locations to a time before various weather instruments were used to monitor weather conditions. Climate models are mathematical models of past, present and future climates and can therefore be used to describe the likely patterns of future changes.
Understanding how interactions between climate and habitat can affect elephant ecology will be important for the long-term conservation and management of the species. As extreme conditions such as droughts repeat, wildlife becomes increasingly vulnerable to climate variability and climate change. In our study, we have developed a database of fine-scale indices needed for wildlife management studies. These include a database of climatic parameters, hydrological parameters, vegetation indices, and drought indices. 67% 4 Votes
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Think how climate affects the environment of a desert vs a far northern wilderness, vs a tropical rain forest , a farming area in India, Indiana, or China... clearly climate has an extreme affect on so much that we call our environment.
Switch the relationship around and ask how much various things we group into environment affect the climate. None of them in a short term basis have an impact that compares with the natural variation in climate, geographically or over time.
So we then have to ask might climate be altered much more significantly over a longer time by influences we categorize as environment?
There is ample evidence that over time we have had major shifts in climate over fairly long periods. These have occurred without human intervention. These climate changes mostly give us reason to think that relatively minor changes can influence major climate changes over a longer period.
We have some thought that we may be accelerating global warming, even bringing it on earlier than it might naturally occur. But we have no illusion that absence of our contribution to those influences would guarantee that we would not eventually experience that global warming which leads to a major ice age.
Our environmental contribution may start a change, but we can not from that assume that we can stop the process by removing the cause of the start.
It is like getting a car moving on a gradual down-slope, and then assuming that if we shift out of gear, let it coast, that it will always stop before it reaches the brow of the downhill ahead.
We know that climate change can drive more climate change, so we can not be sure the change will stop when we stop doing what started it. 17% 1 Vote
Climate is the average and variations of weather in a region over long periods of time. The climate of a location is affected by latitude, terrain, and persistent ice or snow cover, as well as nearby oceans and their currents. Climate zones can be defined using parameters such as temperature and rainfall to define desert, steppe, rain forest and polar ice cap regimes. On the other hand, environment is the external conditions, resources, stimuli, etc.with which an organism interacts.
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the environment can affect the climate quite alot.this is because the activities that occur in the environment affect the climae. For ezample, humans overuse of fossil fuels have cause the climate to change. The climate also affects the envirmonent because there is more biodiversity where the climate is proper. It all depends on what is proper for a certain situation.
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