Murtugudde publishes study and article about moisture transfer in India

ESSIC / AOSC professor Raghu Murtugudde has a new article on the India Science Wire about how an Indian mountain range provides moisture for monsoon rainfall. The mountain range, called the Western Ghats, is home to immense biodiversity, including vegetation that facilitates 25 percent of peninsular India’s rainfall through the process of evapotranspiration. Murtugudde contributed to a study about the process, which is published in Geophysical Research Letters. He notes that deforestation in the Western Ghats threatens both the area’s biodiversity and the rainfall process.