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Multifaceted characteristics of dryland aridity changes in a warming world

Lian, Xu; Piao, Shilong; Chen, Anping; Huntingford, Chris; Fu, Bojie; Li, Laurent Z X; Huang, Jianping; Sheffield, Justin; Berg, Alexis; Keenan, Trevor; Roderick, Michael


Drylands are an essential component of the Earth System and are among the most vulnerable to climate change. In this Review, we synthesize observational and modelling evidence to demonstrate emerging differences in dryland aridity dependent on the specific metric considered. Although warming heightens vapour pressure deficit and, thus, atmospheric demand for water in both the observations and the projections, these changes do not wholly propagate to exacerbate soil moisture and runoff deficits....[Show more]

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Date published: 2021
Type: Journal article
Source: Nature Reviews Earth & Environment
DOI: 10.1038/s43017-021-00144-0


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