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Title: Understanding land use change impacts on microclimate using Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model

In order to explore potential climatic consequences of land cover change in the Kolkata Metropolitan Development area, we projected microclimate conditions in this area using the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model driven by future land use scenarios. Specifically, we considered two land conversion scenarios including an urbanization scenario that all the wetlands and croplands would be converted to built-up areas, and an irrigation expansion scenario in which all wetlands and dry croplands would be replaced by irrigated croplands. Our results indicated that land use and land cover (LULC) change would dramatically increase regional temperature in this area under the urbanization scenario, but expanded irrigation tended to have a cooling effect. In the urbanization scenario, precipitation center tended to move eastward and lead to increased rainfall in eastern parts of this region. Increased irrigation stimulated rainfall in central and eastern areas but reduced rainfall in southwestern and northwestern parts of the study area. Our study also demonstrated that urbanization significantly reduced latent heat fluxes and albedo of land surface; while increased sensible heat flux changes following urbanization suggested that developed land surfaces mainly acted as heat sources. In this study, climate change projection not only predicts future spatiotemporal patterns ofmore » multiple climate factors, but also provides valuable insights into policy making related to land use management, water resource management, and agriculture management to adapt and mitigate future climate changes in this populous region.« less
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  1. Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD (United States). Dept. of Geographical Sciences
  2. Auburn Univ., AL (United States). Dept. of Geosciences
  3. Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States). Joint Global Change Resesarch Inst.
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Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, Parts A/B/C
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Journal Volume: 103; Journal ID: ISSN 1474-7065
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Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
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Country of Publication:
United States
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; Microclimate change; Urbanization; Wetland conversion; Weather Research and Forecasting model
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