Warmest period in 1,300 years in Alps

Posted on Saturday, Dec 09 2006 @ 19:50 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
A climatologist at Austria's Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics said the Apls region is experiencing the warmest period in 1,300 years.
Boehm based his comments on the results of a project conducted by a group of European institutes between March 2003 and August 2006. Their aim was to reconstruct the climate in the region encompassing the Rhone Valley in France to the west, Budapest, Hungary to the east, Tuscany, Italy to the south and Nuremberg, Germany to the north over the past 1,000 years.

Boehm said the current warm period in the Alpine region began in the 1980s, noting that a similar warming occurred in the 10th and 12th centuries. However, the temperatures during those phases were "slightly under the temperatures we've experienced over the past 20 years."


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