Earlier spring ‘greening’ triggers changed rainfall patterns

Each year it seems spring arrives earlier and there is much evidence to back this up, but what impact is that having on summer soil moisture and temperatures?

Climate change is believed to be making plants grow sooner each year and the extra ‘greening’ can be seen from satellite measurements. However, a new study led by Peking University, and co-authored by UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology’s climate modeller, Prof Chris Huntingford, finds that this may have a significant downside. Chris explains…

Estimating transpiration in climate models

Prof Chris Huntingford explains more about new research showing the importance of plant transpiration in earth system models…

A paper in Nature Climate Change, led by Peking University and also involving the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, looks at the performance of climate models in estimating the rate at which trees and plants can transpire.

Will droughts in East Africa become more common?

Hui Yang and Chris Huntingford comment on a brief communication paper published this week, in the journal Natural Hazards and Earth Systems Sciences.

In our new paper we use available climate models to examine whether the chances of occurrence of the severe East Africa drought of autumn 2016 may have risen due to human-induced climate change. We also look to see if we can expect more similar droughts in to the future.  

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