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Understanding plateau and monsoon interactions in the past, present and future climate regimes – monsoon scale study

Project location
Starting date 01 January 2013
Completion date 30 October 2015
Client Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen
Partners ITP, CAREERI, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Project leader Professor Bob Su
Project officer Bert Boer
Project type Other
Budget 59.100 EUR

In the Third Pole Environment around the Tibetan plateau, it becomes imperative to quantify the changing climate regimes that strongly influence the availability of water resources for 1.5 billion people across ten countries in Southeast Asia. However, due to lack of detailed observations, little is known about how climate is changing and much reported findings are based on model predictions. Here we aim at quantifying the mechanism of plateau and monsoon interactions using direct satellite observations of the states of the plateau and numerical modelling of their relations to monsoon from plateau scale to the whole Asian monsoon region in order to reduce uncertainties.

Specific objectives of the project are:

  1. Improve the soil parameterization in the Noah land surface scheme coupled  with WRF so that the extreme conditions on the Tibetan plateau could be adequately represented such that the impacts of land surface process on the  atmospheric boundary layer can be assessed and improved.
  2. Understand the mechanism of plateau scale land-atmosphere feedbacks and interaction from  atmospheric boundary layer aspects using numerical simulations.
  3. Long-term simulations using WRF model, to study the impact of Tibetan Plateau on Asian monsoon.

For more information you can contact the project leader: Professor Bob Su, ITC

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