Land use change has warmed Earth's surface

ScienceDaily | 2/20/2018 | Staff
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The research team used satellite data to analyse changes in global vegetation cover from 2000 to 2015 and link these to changes in the surface energy balance. Modifying the vegetation cover alters the surface properties -- such as the amount of heat dissipated by water evaporation and the level of radiation reflected back into space -- which has a knock-on effect on local surface temperature. Their analysis reveals how recent land cover changes have ultimately made the planet warmer.

"We knew that forests have a role in regulating surface temperatures and that deforestation affects the climate, but this is the first global data-driven assessment that has enabled...
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