Modelling the effects of land-cover changes on surface climate in the Mediterranean region

A. Anav, P.M. Ruti, V. Artale, R. Valentini

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We investigated the impact of land-cover changes on regional climate over the Euro-Mediterranean area. For this purpose, we compared a control simulation, which employs the presentday vegetation cover, with 2 different potential vegetation distributions performed with the regional climate model RegCM3 for the time period 1981-2000. The simulation results show how land-cover changes are able to modify both the thermodynamics and dynamics of the lower troposphere in central Europe, particularly during summer. Within some of the regions where land-cover change occurred, we found significant changes in heat fluxes, while weak changes were found in surface temperature and precipitation fields. Changes in vegetation composition modify the probability density function of the 2 m temperature, and hence land-cover changes may have a strong impact on extreme events. © Inter-Research 2010.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91 - 104
Number of pages14
JournalClimate Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Atmospheric Science

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