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New Publication: Evaporative cooling over the Tibetan Plateau induced by vegetation growth

(2015-08-20)

AUTHORS: Shen, M., S. Piao, S. Jeong, L. Zhou, Z. Zeng, P. Ciais, D. Chen, M. Huang, C. Jin, L. Li, Y. Li, R. Myneni, K. Yang, G. Zhang, and

J. INFO: 2015, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 112(30), 9299-9304, doi:10.1073/pnas.1504418112.


In the Arctic, previous studies have shown that enhanced vegetation growth decreases albedo and amplifies warming. In contrast, on the Tibetan Plateau, increased vegetation activity may attenuate daytime warming by enhancing evapotranspiration (ET), a cooling process.

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