Spatiotemporal Variations in Precipitation and Temperature over Northeastern Eurasia, 1961–2010

Authored by: Ying Zhang , Haibo Du , Zhengfang Wu

Atmosphere and Climate

Print publication date:  June  2020
Online publication date:  May  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138339675
eBook ISBN: 9780429440984
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Middle and high latitudes are one of the most sensitive areas to climate change in the world. Therefore, how temperature and precipitation change in these regions (e.g., northeastern Eurasia) is important to understand the regional responses to global warming. Here, this chapter investigates the spatial and temporal changes in seasonal and annual mean precipitation, maximum temperature, minimum temperature, and daily temperature range in 1961-2010 over northeastern Eurasia using daily precipitation and temperature data from 257 meteorological stations. Results showed that precipitation experienced a spatial pattern of increase–decrease trend from high to low latitudes in northeastern Eurasia. Maximum and minimum temperature significantly increased for almost all stations at both annual and seasonal scales, especially for minimum temperature in winter (0.48 °C per decade, p < 0.01). Nevertheless, the increase in minimum temperature was higher than that in maximum temperature, resulting in a decreased daily temperature range at both the seasonal and annual scales.

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