Articles | Volume 17, issue 8
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 4989–4996, 2017
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 4989–4996, 2017

Research article 18 Apr 2017

Research article | 18 Apr 2017

Quantifying the contribution of land use change to surface temperature in the lower reaches of the Yangtze River

Xueqian Wang et al.

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Land use or cover change is a fundamental anthropogenic forcing for climate change. Based on field observations, we quantified the contributions of different factors to surface temperature change and deepened the understanding of its mechanisms. We found evaporative cooling plays the most important role in the temperature change, while radiative forcing, which is traditionally emphasized, is not significant. This study provided firsthand evidence to verify the model results in IPCC AR5.
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