Study: High wind speeds inhibit piracy

10/23/2013 | Australian (tiered subscription model), The

High wind speeds appear to have a significant impact on piracy near the coast of Somalia, according to a paper published in the journal Weather, Climate, and Society. The paper found that piracy in the region almost completely stopped in 2010 after the onset of the monsoon season in late May. "Once wind speeds exceeded 3m/s, attack success broadly declined with increasing wind speed," wrote Duncan Cook, a geographer at Australian Catholic University, and Sally Garrett, who is with New Zealand's Defence Technology Agency.

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