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Impact of Deforestation on the Regional Climate over the Congo Basin Wenxian Zhang School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Georgia Institute of Technology April 22, 2008
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2 Background Land and atmosphere interact in many aspects. Their interactions are important to regional climate. Regional climate are sensitive to land cover change, such as deforestation. Currently, deforestation is threatening the tropical forest in many countries.
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3 Background Due to the lack of direct observations and with the development of land models, modeling has become a primary approach to study land- atmosphere interaction. Numerous studies simulated the impact of deforestation on the regional climate in the Sahel, Amazon, and East Asia. Most of the results indicated a decrease in precipitation.
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4 Motivations To simulate a deforestation case in the Congo Basin To analyze the response of local climate to deforestation - Hydrological cycle - Surface energy balance
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5 Model Description A coupled run of the
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