Changes in climatic elements in the Pan-Hexi region during 1960–2014 and responses to global climatic changes

Wei, Liu and Feng, Qi and Deo, Ravinesh C. (2017) Changes in climatic elements in the Pan-Hexi region during 1960–2014 and responses to global climatic changes. Theoretical and Applied Climatology. ISSN 0177-798X


In this paper, robust statistical methods (including the climatic tendency ratio, inverse distance weight (IDW), and Mann-Kendall’s non-parametric statistical tests) were applied to analyze the annual sequences of meteorological data for the period 1960–2014. The results indicated that the mean annual air temperature in the Pan-Hexi and the surrounding regions has increased by 0.9 °C. Over the 55-year period of study, this represented a warming rate that was significantly higher than the contemporaneous warming rate in China and the rest of the world. The warming trend in northeastern Tibet was the most pronounced. Here, the mean warming rate exhibited an increasing trend from the mid-late 1980s, and the cold season-dominated warming changed to year-round warming. The rise in the amplitude of the mean minimum temperature was significant, and the variation in the amplitude of the extreme minimum temperature was greater than that of the extreme maximum temperature, exhibiting a variation period of approximately 10 years. Since 1960, the mean precipitation in the study region and the surrounding areas first increased, and then decreased, and then increased again rapidly from 2007. Precipitation and relative humidity trend showed a 13- and a 10-year variation period, respectively. Crop evapotranspiration exhibited a decreasing trend, but from 1993 onwards, there was an increasing trend and a 9- year variation period was also notable based on observed datasets. In the most recent 55 years (1960–2014), the sunshine duration and mean wind velocity in the study area first showed a decreasing trend followed by an increasing trend, and then it exhibited a decreasing trend from east to west of the study region. The temporal variations in the climatic elements were similar to those of China, suggesting that the climate change signal in the study region over the last 55 years appeared to be well correlated with the global climate change signal.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
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Additional Information: Published online 4 June 2017. Permanent restricted access to ArticleFirst version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Grants from the Key Project of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (QYZDJ-SSW-DQC031) supported this research. Dr. R C Deo thanks CAS Presidential Fellowship and USQ Academic Development and Outside Studies Program (ADOSP, 2016) grant.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2017 04:07
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2018 01:25
Fields of Research : 04 Earth Sciences > 0401 Atmospheric Sciences > 040104 Climate Change Processes
04 Earth Sciences > 0401 Atmospheric Sciences > 040105 Climatology (excl.Climate Change Processes)
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960301 Climate Change Adaptation Measures
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970104 Expanding Knowledge in the Earth Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/s00704-017-2194-6

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