We transfer to boats. Scientists warn that ski resorts in the Alps may disappear
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Studies show that precipitation will continue to fall in the area, but increasingly in the form of rain rather than snow.
For decades, scientists have been warning that the world will face the irreversible effects of global warming if something is not done. Alas, humanity has not done enough and now the ski resorts in the Alps may lose their luxurious snow slopes. may soon disappear into oblivion. The reason for this, scientists say is the abrupt climate change that the Earth is facing due to heating.
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During the study, scientists found that precipitation will continue to fall over the Alps, but as temperatures rise, it will increasingly rain , not snow.
Researchers note that artificial snow machines can certainly help solve the problem of “bare” slopes, but this will require a large amount of water, which means ski holidays will become even more expensive for tourists.
The study analyzed a number of aspects of the slopes, including where and when snow forms and how much water is available at Andermatt-Sedan-Disentis, one of Switzerland's most famous ski resorts. Next, the scientists tried various scenarios of climate change on this information – the researchers found that under current conditions, snow can be guaranteed on the slopes for the entire 100-day period.
However, as the planet's temperature continues to rise, ski resorts will rely heavily on dedicated snow guns to keep them running at Christmas.
According to study co-author Dr. operation of ski resorts for 100 consecutive days until the end of the century. However, this will cost a lot of money, which means that the cost of a ski holiday will also increase.
Researchers believe that by the end of the century, 80% more water will be required to ensure the operation of ski resorts – up to 540 million liters, currently – about 300 million liters of water is sufficient. It should be noted that today water from the local lake Alpsee is used for snowmaking in the resort, but the problem is that only no more than 200 million liters of water can be used for these purposes annually. This means that the resorts will have to look for additional sources in order to receive almost 550 million liters of water necessary for servicing the slopes.