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Effects of climate change on soil moisture over China from 1960-2006

January 1, 2009

Soil moisture is an important variable in the climate system and it has sensitive impact on the global climate. Obviously it is one of essential components in the climate change study. The Integrated Biosphere Simulator (IBIS) is used to evaluate the spatial and temporal patterns of soil moisture across China under the climate change conditions for the period 1960-2006. Results show that the model performed better in warm season than in cold season. Mean errors (ME) are within 10% for all the months and root mean squared errors (RMSE) are within 10% except winter season. The model captured the spatial variability higher than 50% in warm seasons. Trend analysis based on the Mann-Kendall method indicated that soil moisture in most area of China is decreased especially in the northern China. The areas with significant increasing trends in soil moisture mainly locate at northwestern China and small areas in southeastern China and eastern Tibet plateau. ?? 2009 IEEE.

Publication Year 2009
Title Effects of climate change on soil moisture over China from 1960-2006
DOI 10.1109/ESIAT.2009.24
Authors Q. Zhu, H. Jiang, J. Liu
Publication Type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Index ID 70036019
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center