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Tipping Point : Irreversible Hotter and Drier Climate Over Inner East Asia

SciTechDaily (NOVEMBER 26, 2020 )

Titre : Tipping Point : Irreversible Hotter and Drier Climate Over Inner East Asia

Changes in the region’s ecosystem, driven by heatwaves and drought, could be devastating for large herbivores, such as wild sheep, antelope and camels

SciTechDaily (NOVEMBER 26, 2020 )

Présentation
Mongolia’s semi-arid plateau may soon become as barren as parts of the American Southwest due to a “vicious cycle” of heatwaves — that exacerbates soil drying, and ultimately produces more heatwaves — according to an international group of climate scientists.

Writing in the journal Science, the researchers warn that heatwaves and concurrent droughts have increased significantly during the past two decades, with troubling implications for the future. Using tree-ring data, which offer a glimpse of regional climates from before modern weather logs, the researchers developed heatwave and soil moisture records that suggest recent consecutive years of record high temperatures and droughts are unprecedented in more than 250 years.

According to the study’s findings, the record high temperatures in the region are accelerated by soil drying, and together these changes are magnifying the decline of soil water. “The result,” coauthor Deliang Chen at Sweden’s University of Gothenburg said, “is more heatwaves, which means more soil water losses, which means more heatwaves — and where this might end, we cannot say.”

Source  : UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY

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