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Understanding decreases in land relative humidity with global warming: Conceptual model and GCM simulations

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Climate models simulate a strong land–ocean contrast in the response of near-surface relative humidity to global warming; relative humidity tends to increase slightly over oceans but decrease substantially over land. Surface energy balance arguments have been used to understand the response over ocean but are difficult to apply over more complex land surfaces. Here, a conceptual box model is introduced, involving atmospheric moisture transport between the land and ocean and surface evapotrans...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
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10.1175/JCLI-D-16-0351.1

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS Division
Department:
Physics
Subgroup:
Atmos Ocean and Planet Physics
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Publisher:
American Meteorological Society Publisher's website
Journal:
Journal of Climate Journal website
Volume:
29
Issue:
24
Pages:
9045-9061
Publication date:
2016-12-01
Acceptance date:
2018-08-11
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EISSN:
1520-0442
ISSN:
0894-8755
Pubs id:
pubs:942649
URN:
uri:1278fac0-ad65-456d-aebb-6f68472b3f2e
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uuid:1278fac0-ad65-456d-aebb-6f68472b3f2e
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pubs:942649

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