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Humidification of drylands in European Russia: The present and future


This paper studies the development of dryland humidification in European Russia in the second half of the 20th century to the first third of the 21st century. The growth in humidification of the territory in recent decades of the 20th century is revealed. The tendency of humidification has changed in the early 21st century. The model estimates of the future climate of Russia, which were obtained using an ensemble of 31 global climate models of CMIP5 project for the period of 2011–2030, indicate that the negative trend of the humidification will persist.

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Original Russian Text © A.N. Zolotokrylin, T.B. Titkova, E.A. Cherenkova, 2014, published in Aridnye Ekosistemy, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 2(59), pp. 5–12.

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Zolotokrylin, A.N., Titkova, T.B. & Cherenkova, E.A. Humidification of drylands in European Russia: The present and future. Arid Ecosyst 4, 49–54 (2014).

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