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Questions tagged [climate]

For questions about specific changes in the characteristics of the weather in a location. You should also consider the tags [weather] and [seasons].

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Feasibility Check- Is aquaculture a possible food source for my civilization

Inspired (loosely) by societies like the Gunditjmara and natives of the Pacific Northwest, I always have envisioned a system of aquaculture for one of my concultures, though agricultural studies are ...
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Could a forest grow near a salt flat?

In my world there's a salt flat like Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia (of different size if need be) (source) Is there a chance a medium- to large-sized forest could have grown naturally in the immediate ...
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What planetary conditions would necessitate a creature having a colder core body temperature then humans do?

I'm creating a planet inhabited by beings who have a body temperature that is colder than humans. What conditions on the planet would require them to have evolved this trait? Thanks
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What are the climatological effects to the surface of a planet where the atmosphere gives way to vaccum? (diagram included)

(Please see diagrams) This is a question regarding an area of a Rocheworld scenario that I haven't found anything on. It is suggested that the OUT side of a planet that is tidally locked with ...
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How do I figure out my planet's biomes and weather?

I'm having trouble figuring out the various biomes for my planet. I have extensively read the post on "Creating a realistic world map - Currents, Precipitation and Climate". But to be honest, I'm hung ...
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Could a permanent storm system circle a planet's equatorial zone?

I'm thinking of using this as a method of separating a planet's technological and cultural evolution, then having a sudden clash as the more advanced one becoming able to cross the storm belt. This ...
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How would weather change if the distribution of land were very uneven?

I have a map for my new word but I am not sure how the climate and weather would realistically work on this map. Axis tilt and position to Sun is the same as Earth, with two moons.
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Creating a dark world - How can I not completely handwave the dark cloudy atmosphere

Primary question What is going on with the atmosphere that the world is so gloomy and dark? Information I have had a low-magic fantasy world I have been wanting to solidify for a while now but ...
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What kind of natural disaster could create a permanent, global cloud cover?

“Permanent” here meaning “significant over geological timespans”, so it would have to last at least 10,000 years and produce a thick enough layer of clouds that it would cover the entire planet in an ...
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How would you calculate the habitable surface area on Gliese 667 Cc?

How could I calculate the habitable bounds, in relation to temperature, near the twilight zone of Gliese 667 Cc? Assuming an Earth-like atmosphere and no tidal working. Here are the numbers that I ...
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What effect would a heat absorbing place have on climate?

So basically one feature of my world is that there are sleeping giants (ice and fire being the important ones here) and I want them to affect the climate around them, making places hotter or colder. ...
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How could mankind of ancient times cause significant climate change?

They don't posses any advanced knowledge, their knowledge is in fact irrelevant, just their possible actions (it doesn't matter how irrational those actions might be) that would cause significant ...
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Desert Planet Realism - Minimum possible hydrosphere

My question is fairly straightforward, but answering it is proving rather difficult. The scenario is on a planet with some water. The surface is dominated by deserts, both hot and cold depending on ...
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Can my land-mass realistically work?

I've come up with an idea of building a fantastical continent inspired by the climates of Scandinavia. It will be shaped similar to a crescent, and based on two tectonic plates that go over each ...
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How would 20th century era warfare differ on an Earth-like planet with a thinner atmosphere at sea level? [closed]

I answered this question by theorizing that making a world's atmosphere thinner at sea level could limit the viability of airplanes used in naval warfare. My reasoning was that a thinner atmosphere ...
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Can two adjacent, life-sustaining planets orbit a star such that they are rarely near each other?

I have two planets and humans live on both of them. Humans need not have developed on these planets, but the planets should support human life with the allowance that the humans have technology ...
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Climate on a world with a Sun of varying luminosity

Given the daylight cycle discussed here (see the graph in the selected answer), suppose that the moon revolves in the equatorial plane, at a distance sufficient to light (barely) the poles, avoiding a ...
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What would the climate on a planet with 85% or more of the surface area covered in water be like?

Around 85% of my world is covered in water. I know that water tends to make temperatures more stable and reduce the extremes, but I don't know the details which is why I'm here. Would such a planet ...
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Effect of destroying the Antarctic Circumpolar Current?

The Antarctic Circumpolar Current is a current which endlessly circles around Antarctica. (Deets: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antarctic_Circumpolar_Current ) The key factors I want to highlight ...
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What should the approximate climate of a world with almost no sunlight be?

We are developing a game setting and, while discussing certain aspects of the it, have stumbled upon our inability to adequately account for some phenomena due to our lack of knowledge. The thing is, ...
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Where can I easily/cheaply get a hundred square miles of land for a new country?

I'm looking to found a new country on a real-to-life Earth, and I need somewhere to put it. The country is going to be anywhere from 100 to 1000 square miles (250 to 2500 square km) in size. Assume a ...
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Antarctic Climate on Greenhouse Earth

Scenario: Say we have a massive release of greenhouse gases into Earth's atmosphere, however much for the ocean around Antarctica to get just warm enough for hurricanes to form during the summer (28.5 ...
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Which climates do you expect there would be in this alternate tilted Earth? What climate would you be living in? [closed]

OK, so the North Pole in this alternate Earth is -11.6, 166.9 in real life. BTW, what kinda climate do you think you would end up having? And here's a formula for find which latitude you're gonna be: ...
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How to get an extreme temperature range between equator and poles without tidal locking

How can I arrange for a planet to have a much greater temperature range between the poles and the equator without it being tidally locked? Edit: By “much greater” I mean the temperature at the poles ...
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What if an earth like planet was physically split in half and then immediately rejoined (a bit tilted)? [closed]

I'm sorry I was not clear enough with my question, I'll try to summarize in the final paragraph: A world where magic is real, and godlike creatures fought each other on a regular basis, ending up ...
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How to dampen the severity of weather on a tidally locked world

I am currently worldbuilding a setting on a hot eyeball world with the habitable zone located around the terminator rim between desert and ice sides. The world is terraformed with terran-descended ...
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What would the geology and climate of a supposed landmass near the pole be like, assuming a thoroughly warmer planet?

I am designing a fantasy setting for pen-and-paper role-playing purposes. I have decided that a continent be situated right on a Pole of some imaginary planet with axial tilt comparable to Earth. My ...
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Fantasy map that has minimal land at the equator. What does this mean for rainforests and the world as a whole?

I created a fantasy map a while back, but only recently have I realised it may have a major problem. There is next to no land at the equator although some land between 0-30 degrees. The vast majority ...
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How short can Milankovitch Cycles be on a world with a stable orbit?

Okay so there's a project I've been thinking about for a long time wherein humans colonise a world where the climate appears warm and benign only to discover that the local climate oscillates from ...
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The Path of Evolution Post a Mass Extinction [closed]

So an asteroid cluster wipes out 95% of life on earth. It kills all carnivores, most herbivores, and almost all of photosynthetic life (Humans survive but I am concerned on non-intelligent life). The ...
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Tiny Earth: How will it affect seasons and weather? [closed]

In my story, humans are testing AIs by placing them inside of a simulated universe and seeing how their society evolves. However, to save on processing power, the scientists have reduced the size of ...
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Habitable Antarcticas [closed]

I'm curious about a couple of scenarios involving a habitable or partially-habitable Antarctica. I'm not all that concerned about how to get there from present-day Earth, though it might be ...
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Planet half the size of earth with two moons. Livable? Climate Range?

This planet I am proposing is approximately half the size and mass of earth and has two moons. The moons are respectively 1/8th and 1/10th of the size of the planet.The moons orbit the planet at ...
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Hot north and cold south?

I'm trying to create a world that has a equator-like climate in the north pole and the same arctic south pole. I have done some research already but there are a lot of things I don't know but the have ...
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Could an earthquake alter weather over the long term, and therefore climate?

I live in Cape Town, South Africa where it is a very real possibility that not a single drop of water will be left in our dams come March 2018. THIS is a news article that suggests that at a ...
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Is this an accurate simulation of a further south Australia with a filled lake Eyre?

I created this climate map based on the Koppen Climate Classification map. In this scenario Australia is moved 10 degrees of latitude further south and the Lake Eyre basin is filled (shown in map.) Is ...
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The consequences and the mechanisms of a shift of the Earth away from the sun [closed]

I started to write a story that is about a huge and catastrophic climate change. The story is narrated as a series of unconnected episodes (in large part) that have different protagonists from around ...
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How to form a world with steep sided very high plateaus and very deep depressions

I need to create a world with some very high plateaus and some very deep depressions. The sides of these structures should be very steep and unclimbable. They need to provide an obstacle sufficient to ...
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How would a 30-kilometer tall mountain on an Earthlike planet look?

Let us take an earthlike planet. Approximately same radius, atmosphere and climate. Now let us create an approximately circular, paleovolcanic mountain approximately 30 kilometers in height and 150 ...
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Multi-colored Clouds

A little while back, I went to see Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (honestly unsure of what reaction this is going to get), and there was a particular scene that showed a desert planet's ...
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Seasons without an axial tilt?

Let's assume we have an otherwise Earth-like planet orbiting a star just like our own. Our planet has an axial tilt of 0 degrees, meaning its axis is perpendicular to its orbital plane. Could this ...
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How would a nitrogen-based-photosynthetic microorganism affect Earth and its inhabitants? [closed]

Let us assume that mankind genetically-engineered a microorganism which can photosynthesize using the following chemical reaction: 2N2 + 6H2O -> 4NH3 + 3O2. Then, this microorganism is released ...
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Could canals solve H G Wells Martians water shortage problems?

Could a world similar to that envisioned in the Mars of Edgar Rice Burroughs / H G exist? And if so would canals be a practical way to make the planet habitable over the long term? For current ...
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How different are seasons perceived in a Mediterranean climate when compared to a North European climate? [closed]

My conculture is set in an area similar to the Mediterranean Sea, only it's almost double the west-east width of it, on a longitute around the same as Rome and Athens and a similar climate (let's take ...
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How To Make Lightning

I am writing a sci-fi setting with space travel. In this there is an alien world important enough to require that I put thought into the ecosystem. Unfortunately, due to plot reasons, the usual ...
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What could cause the desert?

I am wondering about this map, from the game Albion (not Albion Online): The island on the right (Umajo) is an arid one, mostly covered by sandy deserts, except for an area of savannahs at the very ...
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What would happen to the rest of the world if I raised the temperature of the poles?

I want the temperature of the earth's poles to be higher so that they have a temperate European climate with yearly temperatures averaging 15-20 degrees Celsius. What will the climate of the rest of ...
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Would a temperate “land of the midnight sun” be habitable?

This is another question about PommeDeTerra: Thanks to the orientation and position of the planet, PommeDeTerra has a habitable island with a temperate climate at it's south pole that looks a ...
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How would civilization develop on Earth-like planet that has no axial tilt? [closed]

Premise: Let's assume that this planet is in state of perpetual equinox, that is the result of no tilt to its axis and that this world orbits the same sun as ours within the same distance. From what I'...
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How does planet size affect weather?

For simplicity assume hypothetically we make multiple copies of earth: XS, S, M, L, XL. The only difference between them is their size (radius), everything else is the same. S is half the size of ...