Articles | Volume 9, issue 3
Research article
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29 Aug 2018
Research article | Highlight paper |  | 29 Aug 2018

Population exposure to droughts in China under the 1.5 °C global warming target

Jie Chen, Yujie Liu, Tao Pan, Yanhua Liu, Fubao Sun, and Quansheng Ge

Data sets

The Inter-Sectoral Impact Model Intercomparison Project (ISI-MIP): project framework L. Warszawski, K. Frieler, V. Huber, F. Piontek, O. Serdeczny, and J. Schewe

Estimation of gridded population and GDP scenarios with spatially explicit statistical downscaling D. Murakami and Y. Yamagata

Short summary
Results show that an additional 6.97 million people will be exposed to droughts in China under a 1.5 ºC target relative to reference period, mostly in the east of China. Demographic change is the primary contributor to exposure. Moderate droughts contribute the most to exposure among 3 grades of drought. Our simulations suggest that drought impact on people will continue to be a large threat to China under the 1.5 ºC target. It will be helpful in guiding adaptation and mitigation strategies.
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