WASHINGTON (WASHINGTON POST) - Flight turbulence could increase significantly under climate change, a study warns, potentially upping the risk of injury - or at least flight anxiety - for future airline passengers.
Furthermore, fuel and maintenance costs for carriers could rise.
An increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations could cause changes in the jet stream over the North Atlantic flight corridor, leading to a spike in air turbulence, the research conducted by atmospheric scientist Paul Williams of the University of Reading, suggests.
By the middle of the century, with no effort to reduce atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, the volume of airspace experiencing light turbulence would increase by about 59 per cent.
Airspace experiencing severe turbulence could increase by anywhere from 36 per cent to 188 per cent, the study found.
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