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Science. 2004 Aug 20;305(5687):1138-40.

Regions of strong coupling between soil moisture and precipitation.

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NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA. randal.d.koster@nasa.gov

Abstract

Previous estimates of land-atmosphere interaction (the impact of soil moisture on precipitation) have been limited by a lack of observational data and by the model dependence of computational estimates. To counter the second limitation, a dozen climate-modeling groups have recently performed the same highly controlled numerical experiment as part of a coordinated comparison project. This allows a multimodel estimation of the regions on Earth where precipitation is affected by soil moisture anomalies during Northern Hemisphere summer. Potential benefits of this estimation may include improved seasonal rainfall forecasts.

PMID:
15326351
DOI:
10.1126/science.1100217
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