HEAT waves will keep a third of aircrafts from flying in the coming years
Frequent heat waves and rising temperatures due to global warming could keep the ground up to one third of the planes around the world in the coming decades, and some airports, such as those in New York and Dubai, will be most affected.
As the cancellation of dozens of flights departing from the airport in Phoenix, during a heat wave that struck Arizona last month, aircraft take-off problems when the temperature rises. By heating, the air lost is the density, and a less dense air-plane wings miss from the port, Ethan concluded the study conducted by the student and one skilled in the climate Coffel Radley Horton.
The only solution if cancellation is not desired, the weight relief of the airplane by reducing the amount of fuel, cargo or passenger number.
“Until now, most studies focused on the impact of aviation on climate and not vice versa,” said Radley Horton.This study highlights the unexpected risks of climate change on aviation and potential economic effects.
Research claim that global average temperatures would rise 5.5 degrees Fahrenheit (3 degrees Celsius) by 2011. However, the greatest danger for the air transport industry is the heat waves. Highs in the airports could increase by 7 to 14 degrees Fahrenheit (4 to 8 degrees Celsius) by 2080, which will require the delay or cancellation of flights.