Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Green Alps in the Roman empire

This article will close the German week on The Reference Frame.

Steve McIntyre has pointed out a colorful article written in German in which German and Swiss scientists reconstruct the forest border in Alps. What have they found? Let me be brief.

Figure 1: This is what you see today...

Figure 2: This is what the Romans probably could have seen 2000 years ago: Green Alps. The forest goes up to the height of Tierbergli hut (2795 meters above the sea). In a few centuries, we may return to these conditions of a thriving Roman empire - if there will be warming - or not - if there will not be a sufficient warming. ;-)

1 comment:

  1. that would explain how the Romans managed without trousers and socks...