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https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-7-863-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-7-863-2016
Research article
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10 Nov 2016
Research article |  | 10 Nov 2016

Ocean–atmosphere interactions modulate irrigation's climate impacts

Nir Y. Krakauer, Michael J. Puma, Benjamin I. Cook, Pierre Gentine, and Larissa Nazarenko

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We simulated effects of irrigation on climate with the NASA GISS global climate model. Present-day irrigation levels affected air pressures and temperatures even in non-irrigated land and ocean areas. The simulated effect was bigger and more widespread when ocean temperatures in the climate model could change, rather than being fixed. We suggest that expanding irrigation may affect global climate more than previously believed.
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