27 Jan 2014

Ocean's chimney effect studied in Guam

7:38 am on 27 January 2014

Dozens of scientists have converged on Guam to study a so-called chimney effect given off by the warm waters around the territory, and the influence it has on the global climate.

Ross Salawitch is one of the principal investigators for the project called CONTRAST, or Convective Transport of Active Species in the Tropics.

He says the scientists are trying to understand how this phenomenon works, and how it can help disperse methane - one of the main catalysts of climate change.

"This will be very important for us to understand how methane is lost from the atmosphere. So that's one of our climate-related goals. Methane of course the second most important greenhouse gas and the one that can induce major short-term change."

The prinicipal investigator of CONTRAST, Ross Salawitch.