A new study suggests that when land winds blow over the Florida Keys, they can be very deadly.
The study, which looked at the impacts of land-based weather patterns on a population of birds, found that wind speed could be as much as 70 mph (114 km/h) above the waterline in areas of low precipitation and storm activity.
Wind speeds over land were higher in the central Florida Keys where the study was conducted.
The authors of the study noted that this higher wind speed would make it very difficult for birds to locate the source of the storm.
“The study indicates that the wind may be directly responsible for causing damage to the birds and other life in the region,” the study’s lead author, Christopher C. Jones, said in a statement.
“As wind speed increases, the potential damage to life on land increases.
This could cause significant loss of habitat, population, food, water and other critical resources, potentially causing serious economic and environmental impacts.”
The researchers said they hope that the study will lead to more scientific research on how land winds impact birds.
They added that the researchers hope to use the findings to help inform the design of better wind management measures.
“We have to work with a lot of different variables and we have to consider how the wind is affecting birds,” Jones said.
“If we’re going to get them to disperse, they’re going in and out of their homes, they are going to want to get to the water, they will want to go up there and be able to breed.
We have to be very careful not to damage the birds.”
The study was published Monday in the journal Science Advances.
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