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Research article
10 Dec 2015
Research article |  | 10 Dec 2015

Implications of land use change in tropical northern Africa under global warming

T. Brücher, M. Claussen, and T. Raddatz

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A major link between climate and humans in northern Africa, and the Sahel in particular, is land use. We assess possible feedbacks between the type of land use and harvest intensity and climate by analysing a series of idealized GCM experiments using the MPI-ESM. Our study suggests marginal feedback between land use changes and climate changes triggered by strong greenhouse gas emissions.
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