Journal article

THE INFLUENCE OF PREEXISTING SOIL-MOISTURE CONTENT ON AUSTRALIAN WINTER CLIMATE

I SIMMONDS, AH LYNCH

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CLIMATOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 1992

Abstract

We have performed some experiments with the University of Melbourne General Circulation Model to determine the transient response of the climate system to the imposition of soil moisture anomalies over the Australian continent. Two sets of cases have been performed in which the soil over the entire continent was saturated and was completely dried on the first day of winter and then allowed to evolve normally for 4 months. The evaporation over most of the Australian continent in the ‘saturated’ case initially was significantly greater than that in the mean and this situation persisted for the 4 month's duration of the experiments, into the spring. A similar statement is true for the reduction..

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