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Climate, Volume 8, Issue 5 (May 2020) – 7 articles
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Drought is a recurring phenomenon in North Africa and can have a serious impact on socioeconomic [...] Read more. Drought is a recurring phenomenon in North Africa and can have a serious impact on socioeconomic and natural systems. Thus, understanding the mechanisms that underlie precipitation variability in the region is a key driver of sustainable economic growth. The link between winter precipitation variability in this region and some North Atlantic patterns is assessed here over the last millennium. Results show that the link between the westerlies and winter precipitation is stronger and more robust over time than other atmospheric modes. Both winter precipitation and westerlies present significant decreasing trends, associated with drier conditions, starting in the 19th century. This is in agreement with reconstructed and simulated droughts, which show a decreasing trend toward drying conditions in North Africa.View this paper.