Flights Will Experience More Severe Turbulence, Research Says

Climate change will increase the amount of severe turbulence by 2050 to 2080 worldwide, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Reading in England assessed supercomputer simulations of the future condition of the atmosphere.

Severe turbulence is capable of causing structural damage, throwing people and luggage around a plane.

Severe turbulence at a voyaging altitude of 39,000 feet could rise by roughly 181 percent across the North Atlantic, 119 percent over North America, 64 percent across Asia, 161 percent over Europe, and 92 percent over the North Pacific. Popular International destination’s flights are analyzed to more practically experience the biggest increases.

According to Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia (CASA), severe turbulence can be characterized by big and unexpected changes in altitude, as well as large variation in specified airspeed.

Professor of atmospheric science at the University of Reading said that, air turbulence is growing over the globe in all seasons. This problem is going to worsen in the future as the climate continues to change. The expected turbulence grows are outcomes of global temperature changes.

A PhD. researcher, Luke Storer, who worked on the study said, “While turbulence does not usually pose a major danger to flights, it is responsible for hundreds of passenger injuries every year.” “It is also by far the most common cause of serious injuries to flight attendants,” he added.

The study should highlight the need to develop more effective turbulence forecasts that could prevent the risk of injuries to passengers and reduce the cost of turbulence to airlines.