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Atmospheric Moisture Measurements Explain Increases in Tropical Rainfall Extremes

TP Roderick, C Wasko, A Sharma

Geophysical Research Letters | Published : 2019


Anthropogenic climate change is increasing extreme rainfall as a result of an increased water-holding capacity of the atmosphere due to higher temperatures. However, observed rainfall-temperature scaling relationships often differ from the theorized increases in moisture-holding capacity. This discrepancy is most evident in the tropics, where higher surface temperatures show a marked decrease in extreme rainfall intensity despite observed increases in extreme rainfall. Here we use atmospheric moisture measurements from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Atmospheric Infrared Sounder with surface data to investigate the tropical rainfall-temperature scaling relationship. We sh..

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