A new study shows that earth would recover after a climate disaster as depicted in the 2004 disaster movie Day after Tomorrow.
Day after Tomorrow is a 2004 disaster movie directed by Roland Emmerich. In the movie a climate warming caused an abrupt collapse of the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (AMOC), leading to catastrophic events such as tornados destroying Los Angeles, New York being flooded and the northern hemisphere entering an ice age.
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The scenario has faced criticism from science back then. Still, a researcher from the University of Southampton has taken the scenario and ran it through a state of the art climate model.
Professor Sybren Drijfhout from Ocean and Earth Science at the University of Southampton found that, for a period of 20 years, the earth will cool instead of warm if global warming and a collapse of the AMOC occur simultaneously. Thereafter, global warming continues as if the AMOC never collapsed, but with a globally averaged temperature offset of about 0.8°C. The disaster shown in the movie never occur.
Professor Drijfhout said: “The planet earth recovers from the AMOC collapse in about 40 years when global warming continues at present-day rates, but near the eastern boundary of the North Atlantic (including the British Isles) it takes more than a century before temperature is back to normal.”
Now we know that Day after Tomorrow was pure fiction. Who would have though that?
The full details have been published in Nature Scientific Reports.
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