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Climate 2016, 4(4), 64; doi:10.3390/cli4040064

Correlation between Increases of the Annual Global Solar Radiation and the Ground Albedo Solar Radiation due to Desertification—A Possible Factor Contributing to Climatic Change

Department of Mathematics and Informatics Sciences, Physics Sciences and Earth Sciences, University of Messina, Viale D’Alcontres 31, Messina 98166, Italy
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Received: 12 September 2016 / Revised: 30 November 2016 / Accepted: 9 December 2016 / Published: 14 December 2016
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Background: This study investigates the connection between annual global solar radiation and ground albedo solar radiation due to desertification in line with previous research on the correlation between climatic changes and desertification. Methods: A simulation study was performed using an algorithm formulated by the authors and the typical albedo coefficient values of forested ground, green grass and desert sand. Results: It is shown that changing the albedo coefficients from values corresponding to forested ground or green grass to values corresponding to the desert sand causes a significant increase in the annual global solar radiation acquired at different latitudes, leading one to hypothesize a mechanism of reduction of convective overturning and precipitation decreases due to desertification. Conclusion: In this scenario, modifications of local and global climate can be connected to changes of ground solar albedo induced by desertification. View Full-Text
Keywords: ground solar albedo; annual global solar radiation; desertification; climatic changes ground solar albedo; annual global solar radiation; desertification; climatic changes
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Calabrò, E.; Magazù, S. Correlation between Increases of the Annual Global Solar Radiation and the Ground Albedo Solar Radiation due to Desertification—A Possible Factor Contributing to Climatic Change. Climate 2016, 4, 64.

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