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Research article
15 Apr 2015
Research article |  | 15 Apr 2015

Local sources of global climate forcing from different categories of land use activities

D. S. Ward and N. M. Mahowald

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The radiative forcing of land use and land cover change activities has recently been computed for a set of forcing agents including long-lived greenhouse gases, short-lived agents (ozone and aerosols), and land surface albedo change. Here we address where the global forcing comes from and what land use activities, such as deforestation or agriculture, contribute the most forcing. We find that changes in forest and crop area can be used to predict the land use radiative forcing in some regions.
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