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North African Vegetation-precipitation Feedback in Early and Mid-holocene Climate Simulations with Ccsm3-dgvm : Volume 10, Issue 3 (12/05/2014)

By Rachmayani, R.

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Title: North African Vegetation-precipitation Feedback in Early and Mid-holocene Climate Simulations with Ccsm3-dgvm : Volume 10, Issue 3 (12/05/2014)  
Author: Rachmayani, R.
Volume: Vol. 10, Issue 3
Language: English
Subject: Science, Climate, Past
Collections: Periodicals: Journal and Magazine Collection, Copernicus GmbH
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Publisher: Copernicus Gmbh, Göttingen, Germany
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Rachmayani, R., Schulz, M., & Prange, M. (2014). North African Vegetation-precipitation Feedback in Early and Mid-holocene Climate Simulations with Ccsm3-dgvm : Volume 10, Issue 3 (12/05/2014). Retrieved from

Description: Faculty of Geosciences, University of Bremen, Klagenfurter Strasse, 28334 Bremen, Germany. The present study analyses the sign, strength and working mechanism of the vegetation-precipitation feedback over North Africa in middle (6 ka BP) and early Holocene (9 ka BP) simulations using the comprehensive coupled climate-vegetation model CCSM3-DGVM. The coupled model simulates enhanced summer rainfall and a northward migration of the West African monsoon trough along with an expansion of the vegetation cover for the early and middle Holocene compared to pre-industrial. It is shown that dynamic vegetation enhances the orbitally triggered summer precipitation anomaly by approximately 20% in the Sahara/Sahel region (10° N–25° N, 20° W–30° E) in both the early and mid-Holocene experiments compared to their fixed-vegetation counterparts. The primary vegetation-rainfall feedback identified here operates through surface latent heat flux anomalies by canopy evaporation and transpiration and their effect on the mid-tropospheric African Easterly Jet, whereas the effects of vegetation changes on surface albedo and local water recycling play a negligible role. Even though CCSM3-DGVM simulates a positive vegetation-precipitation feedback in the North African region, this feedback is not strong enough to produce multiple equilibrium climate-ecosystem states on a regional scale.

North African vegetation-precipitation feedback in early and mid-Holocene climate simulations with CCSM3-DGVM

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