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Impact of climate change in the Hengduan Mountains of northwestern Yunnan, P.R. China: vegetation distribution change in the foretime and future
Author(s): Jihua Sun; Barry Baker; Dominique Bachelet; Christopher Daly; Jian Ma; Jianyu Liu
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Paper Abstract

Alpine meadows in the Hengduan Mountains of northwestern Yunnan, P.R. China are incredibly diverse. The regional climate is warming at a relatively rapid rate. In this paper, analyses of historical climate station data show that mean annual temperature over the last two decades has increased at a rate of 0.6°C/10 yr. In addition, analyses of historical remote sensing data show that the vegetation distribution in this region has changed evidently. We present simulation results from a general circulation model (HadCM3) and a dynamic vegetation model (MC1) showing how changes in future climate may alter alpine ecosystem of the Baima Nature Reserve in northwestern Yunnan.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 September 2006
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6296, Earth Observing Systems XI, 62960X (20 September 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.678964
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Jihua Sun, Nanjing Univ. of Information Science & Technology (China)
Yunnan Meteorological Research Institute (China)
Barry Baker, The Nature Conservancy (United States)
Dominique Bachelet, Oregon State Univ. (United States)
Christopher Daly, Oregon State Univ. (United States)
Jian Ma, The Nature Conservancy (China)
Jianyu Liu, Yunnan Meteorological Research Institute (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6296:
Earth Observing Systems XI
James J. Butler, Editor(s)

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