|MadSci Network: Environment|
The study of tornados is being advanced through the use of a field of physics called Chaos Theory. Chaos Theory studies complex phenomena with many variables that have not been successfully studied through more simple models in physics. But Chaos Theory is just beginning to make inroads into highly complex phenomena. Tornados are functions of the heat changes in layers of the earth's atmosphere, coupled with the earth's rotation and global weather, and there are so many spatial, time, air density, and temperature variables affecting their formation that there isn't a computer large enough to even store all those variables at one time. So, to put it simply tornadoes cannot be predicted. We would have to be able to predict them in time to take action if we were going to try to render them harmless. The other problem is there is so much energy in a tornado that we don't have any source of power that could dispel that energy. Probably in the future someone will make advances in this area. If you study physics in college, you might be able to make those advances!
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