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Land use/land cover change effects on temperature trends at U.S. Climate Normals stations

Geophysical Research Letters

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DOI: 10.1029/2006GL026358

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Abstract

Alterations in land use/land cover (LULC) in areas near meteorological observation stations can influence the measurement of climatological variables such as temperature. Urbanization near climate stations has been the focus of considerable research attention, however conversions between non-urban LULC classes may also have an impact. In this study, trends of minimum, maximum, and average temperature at 366 U.S. Climate Normals stations are analyzed based on changes in LULC defined by the U.S. Land Cover Trends Project. Results indicate relatively few significant temperature trends before periods of greatest LULC change, and these are generally evenly divided between warming and cooling trends. In contrast, after the period of greatest LULC change was observed, 95% of the stations that exhibited significant trends (minimum, maximum, or mean temperature) displayed warming trends. Copyriht 2006 by the American Geophysical Union.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Land use/land cover change effects on temperature trends at U.S. Climate Normals stations
Series title:
Geophysical Research Letters
DOI:
10.1029/2006GL026358
Volume
33
Issue:
11
Year Published:
2006
Language:
English
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Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Geophysical Research Letters