Theoretical and Applied Climatology

, Volume 115, Issue 1–2, pp 141–152 | Cite as

Numerical simulation of the impact of land cover change on regional climate in China

Original Paper

Abstract

Land use and land cover change (LUCC) can modify the physical and thermodynamic characteristics of the land surface, including surface roughness, albedo, and vegetation fraction, among others. These direct changes can result in a series of impacts on regional climate. In this paper, the simulated results over China under the scenario of LUCC using weather research and forecasting model are presented. The period for the simulation is from December 2006 to December 2011. Two experiments are initialized by the LUCC datasets derived from the MODIS data of 2001 and 2008, respectively. The results show that the LUCC in most areas of China reduces the surface albedo and increases the surface temperature. Especially in the Hetao Plain, the magnitude of increased surface temperature is above 0.5 °C in winter, and the increase in winter is more obvious than in summer. The precipitation in the Hetao Plain increases. The sensible heat in most parts of East China is reduced, while the latent heat is increased in most areas of China.

Abbreviations

LUCC

Land use and land cover change

WRF

Weather research and forecasting model

IGBP

International Geosphere Biosphere Programme

IHDP

International Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change Programme

GIS

Geographical Information System

SST

Sea-surface temperature

TRMM

Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission

NCAR

National Center for Atmospheric Research

ARW

Advanced Research WRF

WSM

WRF single-moment

YSU

Yonsei University

PBL

Planetary boundary layer

RRTM

Rapid radiative transfer model

EVI

Enhanced vegetation index

NASA

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

BRDF

Bidirectional reflectance distribution function

HDF

Hierarchical data format

LAI

Leaf area index

LSM

Land surface model

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Regional Climate-Environment for East Asia, Institute of Atmospheric PhysicsChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.National Satellite Meteorological CenterChina Meteorological AdministrationBeijingChina
  3. 3.Graduate University of the Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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