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  • P-ISSN2733-7243
  • E-ISSN2734-1372

Quantifying Climate Regulation of Terrestrial Ecosystems Using a Land-Atmosphere Interaction Model Over East Asia for the Last Half Century

Proceedings of the National Institute of Ecology of the Republic of Korea, (P)2733-7243; (E)2734-1372
2020, v.1 no.1, pp.58-67
https://doi.org/10.22920/PNIE.2020.1.1.58
Seungbum Hong (Climate Change Research Team, National Institute of Ecology)
Inyoung Jang (Climate Change Research Team, National Institute of Ecology)
Heon-Mo Jeong (Climate Change Research Team, National Institute of Ecology)

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Abstract

Terrestrial ecosystems influence climate change via their climate regulation function, which is manifested within the carbon, water, and energy circulation between the atmosphere and surface. However, it has been challenging to quantify the climate regulation of terrestrial ecosystems and identify its regional distribution, which provides useful information for establishing regional climate-mitigation plans as well as facilitates better understanding of the interactions between the climate and land processes. In this study, a land surface model (LSM) that represents the land-atmosphere interactions and plant phenological variations was introduced to assess the contributions of terrestrial ecosystems to atmospheric warming or cooling effects over East Asia over the last half century. Three main climate-regulating components were simulated: net radiation flux, carbon exchange, and moisture flux at the surface. Then, the contribution of each component to the atmospheric warming or cooling (negative or positive feedback to the atmosphere, respectively) was investigated. The results showed that the terrestrial ecosystem over the Siberian region has shown a relatively large increase in positive feedback due to the enhancement of biogeochemical processes, indicating an offset effect to delay global warming. Meanwhile, the Gobi Desert shows different regional variations: increase in positive feedback in its southern part but increase in negative one in its eastern part, which implies the eastward movements of desert areas. As such, even though the LSM has limitations, this model approach to quantify the climate regulation is useful to extract the relevant characteristics in its spatio-temporal variations.

Submission Date
2020-09-18
Revised Date
2020-10-12
Accepted Date
2020-10-13

Proceedings of the National Institute of Ecology of the Republic of Korea