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https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-10083-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-10083-2016
Research article
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11 Aug 2016
Research article |  | 11 Aug 2016

Changes in the width of the tropical belt due to simple radiative forcing changes in the GeoMIP simulations

Nicholas A. Davis, Dian J. Seidel, Thomas Birner, Sean M. Davis, and Simone Tilmes

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In the Hadley cells, air rises at the Equator and sinks over the subtropics, drying the air and creating deserts on land. We investigated simple climate model experiments and found that the Hadley cells expand in response to increasing carbon dioxide. The climate of some models warms more than others, and these models also have greater Hadley cell expansion. This expansion could shift deserts toward more populated areas, with potentially major impacts on water resources and surface climate.
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