Scientists blown away by rising wind speeds – ABC News

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Wave heights and windspeeds at higher latitudes have been steadily increasing for the last 23 years (iStockphoto: Irina Belousa)

Wind speeds and wave heights over the world’s oceans have been steadily increasing for the past quarter of a century, a new long-term study shows.

The researchers at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne say the trend could also have an effect on the transfer of energy between the sea and the atmosphere – one of the great unknowns in climate change calculations.

The study, published today in Science Express online, uses satellite altimeter data taken from 1985 to 2008 to show wind speeds over the oceans have been steadily increasing.

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