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Simulation of the influence of historical land cover changes on the global climate

Wang, Y.; Yan, X.; Wang, Z.. 2013 Simulation of the influence of historical land cover changes on the global climate. Annales Geophysicae, 31 (6). 995-1004. 10.5194/angeo-31-995-2013

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Abstract/Summary

In order to estimate biogeophysical effects of historical land cover change on climate during last three centuries, a set of experiments with a climate system model of intermediate complexity (MPM-2) is performed. In response to historical deforestation, the model simulates a decrease in annual mean global temperature in the range of 0.07–0.14 °C based on different grassland albedos. The effect of land cover changes is most pronounced in the middle northern latitudes with maximum cooling reaching approximately 0.6 °C during northern summer. The cooling reaches 0.57 °C during northern spring owing to the large effects of land surface albedo. These results suggest that land cover forcing is important for study on historical climate change and that more research is necessary in the assessment of land management options for climate change mitigation.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.5194/angeo-31-995-2013
Programmes: BAS Programmes > Polar Science for Planet Earth (2009 - ) > Polar Oceans
ISSN: 1432-0576
Additional Keywords: meteorology, atmospheric dynamics, climatology
Date made live: 02 Sep 2013 09:42 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/503101

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