Role of Biotechnology in Meteorology/Climate Change

urguide By urguide, 15th Jan 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Find out how biotechnology can be helpful in predicting climate change.

ClimateRole of Biotechnology in Climate Prediction

One of the major challenges in front of the human is to predict the climate change which can be to predict the rainfall, wind and sunlight pattern in an area or it can be to predict the change in climate due to various human and global warming activities. This is an interesting and immensely challenging field, where an error can cost up to billions and trillions of dollar. While a correct prediction can save an equal amount. Several nations around the world, especially, developing countries are focusing on this field as they want to align there developmental activities keeping climate change in mind while simultaneously verifying the theories of the developed world.

They are mainly targeting the engineers or specialist from the field of environment, chemistry, physics, mechanical and civil. However, bio-technologists are completely ignored completely. It is important to remember that before the existence of the field of meteorology, the people were dependent on the nature to pick the sings of change which can be linked to change in climate. For example, change in leaf color on certain trees was attributed to the change in seasons. Increase or decrease in a particular plant or animal species was attributed to the climate change. For example, migratory animals are the good signals to predict the possible change in climate. However, some of the major shortcomings are:

1) They do not give results when we want.

2) The results from such methods are difficult to control.

3) The predictions are given at the short term basis.

4) They are majorly helpful in predicting the local change rather than the global change.

Despite these shortcomings, one thing is clear that the nature (especially, living system) do give signals of change in climate. Now, the biotechnology can be helpful in tapping those signals in more controlled way. This can help us in giving results which are easy to understand, available at our discretion, long term effects and global impact. Secondly, it is important to have biotechnologist in the team, since many biotechnology applications are coming in the market (like GM crops, Biofuels, Biological Exhaust Gas Purification Technology), which can change the climate either in a positive or a negative way. This effect can be properly understood and inserted in a prediction model only with the help of biotechnologist who can understand these products. Hence, it is impossible to exclude biotechnologist from the team of climate predictors.

For more articles related to climat change refer:

1) Global Warming
2) Ten Ways to Slow Climate Change
3) Climate Change; Can we all calm down?
4) Scientist Plans to “Look Back in Time” to Analyse Melting Ice Caps
5) Ice in The Arctic Will Disappear
6) Employment and Climate Change
7) Ice Sheets Melt Rates Under Climate Change- Global Cooling
8) Climate Change: A Matter of International Security
9) The Truth About Climate Change and Environment
10)Great Natural Disasters are Threatening Asia Pacific

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author avatar Denise O
15th Jan 2011 (#)

I feel it will take al of the above to come to the conclusion if we are changing because, we have always gone in cycles or if we , as in we the people are the culprits.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
15th Jan 2011 (#)

wow a lot of good information here, and well linked too!

I think human activity is certainly not helping matters.

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author avatar Eunice Tan
17th Jan 2011 (#)

Hi urguide,
Thanks for including link of my article:

Flood in Australia and Brazil recently really make me worried. Man indeed has to do something.

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author avatar Retired
19th Jan 2011 (#)

Thanks for sharing

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author avatar Retired
6th Feb 2011 (#)

Excellent work.

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