Expansion of the world's deserts due to vegetation‐albedo feedback under global warming

  title={Expansion of the world's deserts due to vegetation‐albedo feedback under global warming},
  author={Ning Zeng and Jinho Yoon},
  journal={Geophysical Research Letters},
  • N. Zeng, Jinho Yoon
  • Published 1 September 2009
  • Environmental Science
  • Geophysical Research Letters
Many subtropical regions are expected to become drier due to climate change. This will lead to reduced vegetation which may in turn amplify the initial drying. Using a coupled atmosphere‐ocean‐land model with a dynamic vegetation component that predicts surface albedo change, here we simulate the climate change from 1901 to 2099 with CO2 and other forcings. In a standard IPCC‐style simulation, the model simulated an increase in the world's ‘warm desert’ area of 2.5 million km2 or 10% at the end… 
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