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Land warming revives monsoon

A weakening land–ocean temperature difference, owing to a rapidly warming Indian Ocean, has seen the Indian monsoon trending downward since the 1950s. New research gives hope for a revival in monsoon rainfall as land warming catches up with, and exceeds, ocean warming.

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Figure 1: Schematic illustration of changes in the Indian summer monsoon.


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Roxy, M. Land warming revives monsoon. Nature Clim Change 7, 549–550 (2017).

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