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Title: Tropical deforestation: Modeling local- to regional-scale climate change

The authors report results from a model study using the National Center for Atmospheric Research Community Climate Model (Version 1) general circulation model to assess the impact of regional scale deforestation on climate change. In the model a large parcel in the Amazon basin is changed from tropical rain forest to scrub grassland. Impacts can include adding CO[sub 2] to the atmosphere by biomass burning, increasing surface albedo, changing precipitation and evaporation rates, impacting soil moisture, and general weather patterns. They compare their model results with earlier work which has looked at this same problem.
Authors:
; ;  [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [4]
  1. (Macquarie Univ., North Ryde (Australia))
  2. (Univ. of Arizona, Tucson (United States))
  3. (National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO (United States))
  4. (Univ. of Technology, Sydney (Australia))
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6292769
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Geophysical Research; (United States); Journal Volume: 98:D4
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; DEFORESTATION; CLIMATIC CHANGE; GENERAL CIRCULATION MODELS; TROPICAL REGIONS; ALBEDO; BIOMASS; CARBON DIOXIDE; EVAPORATION; GREENHOUSE EFFECT; GREENHOUSE GASES; PRECIPITATION; RAIN; ATMOSPHERIC PRECIPITATIONS; CARBON COMPOUNDS; CARBON OXIDES; CHALCOGENIDES; ENERGY SOURCES; MATHEMATICAL MODELS; OXIDES; OXYGEN COMPOUNDS; PHASE TRANSFORMATIONS; RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES; SEPARATION PROCESSES 540210* -- Environment, Terrestrial-- Basic Studies-- (1990-); 540110