Impacts of re-greening the desertified lands in northwestern China: Implications from a regional climate model experiment


Sen O. , WANG B., WANG Y.

JOURNAL OF THE METEOROLOGICAL SOCIETY OF JAPAN, vol.82, no.6, pp.1679-1693, 2004 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 82 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.2151/jmsj.82.1679
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF THE METEOROLOGICAL SOCIETY OF JAPAN
  • Page Numbers: pp.1679-1693

Abstract

This paper describes a study that investigates the local and regional effects of vegetation restoration in northern China via regional climate model simulations, and reports implications for the sustainability of vegetation under the altered rainfall regime. Ensemble simulations with the current vegetation cover and an idealized re-greening scenario for a test area in northwestern China (90degrees-110degrees E and 36degrees-42degrees N) were performed using large scale boundary forcing derived from 1998. The results indicate that such re-greening has both significant local and regional effects on the atmospheric circulation and rainfall distribution.