Deforestation intensifies hot days

Deforestation often increases land-surface and near-surface temperatures, but climate models struggle to simulate this effect. Research now shows that deforestation has increased the severity of extreme heat in temperate regions of North America and Europe. This points to opportunities to mitigate extreme heat.

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Fig. 1: Schematic of the impacts of deforestation on surface and near-surface temperature extremes.


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I would like to thank A. Trowbridge, T. Gerken and the students of LRES 465 and 591 at Montana State University for valuable comments, and the US National Science Foundation for research support under grants DEB-1552976 and OIA-1632810.

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Stoy, P.C. Deforestation intensifies hot days. Nature Clim Change 8, 366–368 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-018-0153-6

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