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Potential climatic impacts of vegetation change: A regional modeling study

Journal of Geophysical Research D: Atmospheres

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Abstract

The human species has been modifying the landscape long before the development of modern agrarian techniques. Much of the land area of the conterminous United States is currently used for agricultural production. In certain regions this change in vegetative cover from its natural state may have led to local climatic change. A regional climate version of the Colorado State University Regional Atmospheric Modeling System was used to assess the impact of a natural versus current vegetation distribution on the weather and climate of July 1989. The results indicate that coherent regions of substantial changes, of both positive and negative sign, in screen height temperature, humidity, wind speed, and precipitation are a possible consequence of land use change throughout the United States. The simulated changes in the screen height quantities were closely related to changes in the vegetation parameters of albedo, roughness length, leaf area index, and fractional coverage. Copyright 1996 by the American Geophysical Union.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Potential climatic impacts of vegetation change: A regional modeling study
Series title:
Journal of Geophysical Research D: Atmospheres
Volume
101
Issue:
D3
Year Published:
1996
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Journal of Geophysical Research D: Atmospheres
First page:
7409
Last page:
7418