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Changes in the variability of global land precipitation

Sun, Fubao; Roderick, Michael; Farquhar, Graham


In our warming climate there is a general expectation that the variability of precipitation (P) will increase at daily, monthly and inter-annual timescales. Here we analyse observations of monthly P (1940-2009) over the global land surface using a new theoretical framework that can distinguish changes in global P variance between space and time. We report a near-zero temporal trend in global mean P. Unexpectedly we found a reduction in global land P variance over space and time that was due to...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Geophysical Research Letters
DOI: 10.1029/2012GL053369
Access Rights: Open Access


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