Oxford conducts weather studies in Iranian caves

Javad Nezamdoust, the head of Iranian Cavers and Speleologists Association, said the scientists had traveled to the country last year and conducted research in caves located along fault-lines, according to Iran Dailyˈs Tuesday edition.

He also said the research was conducted in Moghan Cave in Mashhad, Darouneh Cave in Kashmar, Pirghar Cave in Gonabad, Yakhmorad Cave in Gachsar, Gole-Zard Cave in Mazandaran, Darband Cave in Semnan, Bronik Cave in Firouzkouh and Qaleh Kord Cave in Tabriz.

Nezamdoust explained that stalagmites and other cave formations have phenomenal potential for understanding rainfall and temperature patterns of many thousands of years.

Ordinary thermometers and rain gauges have not been around nearly long enough to answer all the questions being raised by global warming these days. Climate scientists have had to look for alternative instruments.

By knowing more about the past, scientists may more confidently predict the long-term consequences of human-induced climate change, particularly at the regional level, where global climate models may not readily apply.

Ultimately, better information might help policymakers plan how best to adapt to global warming.



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