Media feature UMaine research about African glaciers

WMTW-TV (Channel 8 in Portland) and the Bangor Daily News reported on University of Maine research about tropical glaciers in Uganda. “One of the big reasons why the tropics are important is because what happens in the tropics doesn’t stay in the tropics. It influences the rest of the globe. A lot of our atmospheric circulation starts in the tropics — that’s where most of the solar heating is, and so the land heats up, that air rises and circulates through — and so, if you cool the land surface in the tropics, if you cool the ocean surface in the tropics, that’s going to change the air circulation of the entire planet,” said Alice Doughty, author of the study and lecturer at the UMaine School of Earth and Climate Sciences.