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Study suggests milder temperature increase amid climate change in Abu Dhabi 

Investigators in Abu Dhabi have found that carbon dioxide levels in the province could be lower than those used in climate models.

Investigators in Abu Dhabi have found that carbon dioxide levels in the province could be lower than those used in climate models.

Reassessing Temperature Projections

Recent research utilizing satellite data indicates that temperature increases in the Arabian Peninsula due to climate change might be less drastic than earlier forecasts suggested. 

The study suggests that certain climate models might have overestimated temperature rises by using exaggerated carbon dioxide concentration data.

Clarification on Climate Model Inputs

The study doesn’t refute the ongoing temperature elevation projected by climate models but highlights potential discrepancies arising from overestimates in carbon dioxide levels used in these models. 

Experts caution that despite these findings, the effects of climate change are palpable and escalating in the region.

Insights from the Study

Diana Francis, an assistant professor leading the Environmental and Geophysical Sciences (Engeos) laboratory at Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi and one of the study’s authors, emphasized the study’s reliance on contemporary observations of carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere. 

These latest observations were not accessible during the development of inputs for earlier climate models.

The study’s findings shed light on nuances in climate modeling inputs and emphasize the importance of refining these models with the most up-to-date data.

While suggesting a potential revision in temperature projections, the study underscores the urgent need for continued vigilance and adaptation measures to mitigate the undeniable impacts of climate change already affecting the Arabian Peninsula.

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