27 Feb '12, 9pm

9th Century Arabic Texts Yield Clues for Climate Change Scientists

9th Century Arabic Texts Yield Clues for Climate Change Scientists

When it comes to producing definitive proof of climate change, one limitation is the lack of data about past weather conditions. In a newly published study in the journal Weather , Spanish scientists turned to an unexpected source for help - manuscripts from Arabic scholars, written in the 9th and 10th centuries. The study, "How useful could Arabic documentary sources be for reconstructing past climate?" , examines documentary texts by contemporary historians and political commentators. They do not explicitly record weather and climate conditions, but their references to events such as floods, droughts and snowfall provide valuable information- especially since their authors worked in Baghdad. According to the study's lead author, Dr Fernando Domínguez-Castro, the sources together evidence a temperature drop in Iraq in the 10th century and a higher number of extreme weathe...

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