The Climate of Middle Earth

Have you ever wondered what impact climate change would have on the shire? With a new paper released last week you can get a head start.

Dan Lunt from Bristol University has applied the climate simulator of the UK’s Met Office to the geography of Tolkien’s Middle Earth.

It turns out that in the simulation the climate of the Shire resembles that of places like Belarus or Eastern Poland, while Mordor is like Western Texas. The Shire being deep inland in a bulky continent, it can be expected to have a much more continental than Tolkien’s England, with harsh winters.

Professor Pont is a professor of planetary science at the University of Exeter. His specialty is the study of exoplanets, in particular the observation and modelling of exoplanet atmospheres. You can read his paper here.


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