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Land–atmosphere coupling and climate change in Europe

Land–atmosphere coupling and climate change in Europe Many parts of Europe have experienced a series of highly unusual summers with extremely dry/hot (2003) and wet/cool (2002, 2005) years. Climate models predict that summers of this kind will become more frequent in the future, but the underlying mechanisms responsible for this change remain uncertain. Using a regional climate model, Seneviratne et al. show that feedbacks between temperature and soil moisture (as opposed to changes in atmospheric circulation) are the primary cause of the increase in the variability of summer temperatures predicted in central and eastern Europe. This highlights the potential role of land–atmosphere interactions in future climate change. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nature Springer Journals

Land–atmosphere coupling and climate change in Europe

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Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2006 by Nature Publishing Group
Subject
Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, multidisciplinary; Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, multidisciplinary; Science, multidisciplinary
ISSN
0028-0836
eISSN
1476-4687
DOI
10.1038/nature05095
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Abstract

Many parts of Europe have experienced a series of highly unusual summers with extremely dry/hot (2003) and wet/cool (2002, 2005) years. Climate models predict that summers of this kind will become more frequent in the future, but the underlying mechanisms responsible for this change remain uncertain. Using a regional climate model, Seneviratne et al. show that feedbacks between temperature and soil moisture (as opposed to changes in atmospheric circulation) are the primary cause of the increase in the variability of summer temperatures predicted in central and eastern Europe. This highlights the potential role of land–atmosphere interactions in future climate change.

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Published: Sep 14, 2006

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