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Recently published articles from Advances in Climate Change Research.

Temperature change along elevation and its effect on the alpine timberline tree growth in the southeast of the Tibetan Plateau

Available online 27 June 2018
Bao-Xiong Chen | Yu-Fang Sun | Hong-Bin Zhang | Zhi-Hua Han | Jing-Sheng Wang | Yao-Kui Li | Xiao-Lin Yang

Smith fir (Abies georgei var. smithii), which is the timberline constructive tree species in the cool slope of Mt. Sygera in the southeast of Tibet, plays a very important role in maintaining the timberline...

Changes of heating and cooling degree days over China in response to global warming of 1.5 °C, 2 °C, 3 °C and 4 °C

Available online 26 June 2018
Ying Shi | Dong-Feng Zhang | Ying Xu | Bo-Tao Zhou

Future changes of heating degree days (HDD) and cooling degree days (CDD) in the 21st century with and without considering population factor are investigated based on four sets of climate change simulations...

Changes of tropical cyclone tracks in the western North Pacific over 1979−2016

Available online 23 June 2018
Wen-Qian ZHANG | Li-Guang WU | Xu-Kai ZOU

The tropical cyclone (TC) trajectory model has been widely used to investigate the mechanism of the climate change of TC tracks. In this study, the Gaussian weight interpolation method is used to calculate...

Impact of and adaptation strategies for sea-level rise on Yangtze River Delta

June 2018
Qiu-Shun Wang | Cun-Hong Pan | Guang-Zhi Zhang

The Yangtze River Delta characterized by a dense population and a rapidly developing economy is highly vulnerable to sea-level rise. The data from the China Oceanic Information Network and the Zhejiang...

Development path of Chinese low-carbon cities based on index evaluation

June 2018
Xiu Yang | Xue-Chun Wang | Ze-Yu Zhou

This work takes the 36 cities from China's low-carbon pilot project as the research object and uses the carbon emission per capita and GDP per capita to categorize the 36 cities into four types to reveal...

China's nuclear power under the global 1.5 °C target: Preliminary feasibility study and prospects

June 2018
Xin-Jian Xiao | Ke-Jun Jiang

This study explores the measures to achieve the global 1.5 °C temperature rise target (1.5 °C target) by analyzing the feasibility and obstacles of nuclear power in China. The 1.5 °C target imposes...

Analysis on the synergistic effect of sustainable development of coal industry under 1.5 °C scenario

June 2018
Yue-Yao Shi | Jian Sun | Li-Xin Wu

Based on the coal demand under the 1.5 °C scenario, the amount of coal production in China was estimated in this study. According to the mutual relationship between the factors influencing coal production,...

Response of North Pacific and North Atlantic decadal variability to weak global warming

June 2018
Sheng Wu | Zheng-Yu Liu | Jun Cheng | Chun Li

The Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) and the Atlantic Multidecadal Variability (AMV) are the two dominant low-frequency modes in the climate system. This research focused on the response of these two...

Intensified East Asian summer monsoon and associated precipitation mode shift under the 1.5 °C global warming target

June 2018
Tao Wang | Jia-Peng Miao | Jian-Qi Sun | Yuan-Hai Fu

In this study, the East Asian summer climate changes under the 1.5 °C global warming (1.5 GW) target in 30 simulations derived from 15 coupled models within the Coupled Model Intercomparison Program...

Changes in surface air temperature over China under the 1.5 and 2.0 °C global warming targets

June 2018
Yuan-Hai Fu | Ri-Yu Lu | Dong Guo

This study investigated the projected changes in the annual mean surface air temperature (SAT) over China under the 1.5 and 2.0 °C targets, by analyzing the outputs from 22 models of the Coupled Model...

Changes in temperature extremes over China under 1.5 °C and 2 °C global warming targets

June 2018
Chen Shi | Zhi-Hong Jiang | Wei-Lin Chen | Laurent Li

The long-term goal of the 2015 Paris Agreement is to limit global warming to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5 °C. However, for climate mitigation...

Co-controlling CO2 and NOx emission in China's cement industry: An optimal development pathway study

March 2018
Xiang-Zhao Feng | Oleg Lugovoy | Hu Qin

It is of important practical significance to reduce NOx emission and CO2 emission in China's cement industry. This paper firstly identifies key factors that influence China's future cement demand, and...

Carbon emission scenarios of China's power sector: Impact of controlling measures and carbon pricing mechanism

March 2018
Qiang Liu | Xiao-Qi Zheng | Xu-Chen Zhao | Yi Chen | Oleg Lugovoy

The study constructs a low-carbon path analysis model of China's power sector based on TIMES model and presents a comparative analysis of carbon emissions under Reference, Low-Carbon and Enhanced Low-Carbon...

Bias correction and projection of surface air temperature in LMDZ multiple simulation over central and eastern China

March 2018
Lian-Yi Guo | Qian Gao | Zhi-Hong Jiang | Laurent Li

Based on LMDZ4 daily temperature dataset, equidistant cumulative distribution function matching method (EDCDFm) and cumulative distribution function-transform method (CDF-t) are used to evaluate the...

Multi-model comparison of CO2 emissions peaking in China: Lessons from CEMF01 study

March 2018
Oleg Lugovoy | Xiang-Zhao Feng | Ji Gao | Ji-Feng Li | Qiang Liu | Fei Teng | Le-Le Zou

The paper summarizes results of the China Energy Modeling Forum's (CEMF) first study. Carbon emissions peaking scenarios, consistent with China's Paris commitment, have been simulated with seven national...

A cautionary note on decadal sea level pressure predictions from GCMs

March 2018
Stefan Liess | Peter K. Snyder | Arjun Kumar | Vipin Kumar

A comparison of sea level pressure (SLP) trends in a subset of seven Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP) phase 5 general circulation models (GCM), namely decadal simulations with CCSM4, CanCM4,...

Climate change projections for the Middle East–North Africa domain with COSMO-CLM at different spatial resolutions

March 2018
Edoardo Bucchignani | Paola Mercogliano | Hans-Jürgen Panitz | Myriam Montesarchio

In this study, projected changes in the future climate conditions for the Middle East–North Africa domain over the 21st century have been investigated. Two simulations with the COSMO-CLM model have...

Future temperature changes over the critical Belt and Road region based on CMIP5 models

March 2018
Tian-Yun Dong | Wen-Jie Dong | Yan Guo | Jie-Ming Chou | Shi-Li Yang | Di Tian | Dong-Dong Yan

Based on data of 22 models from the Coupled Model Inter-comparison Project Phase 5 (CMIP5), the performance of climate simulation is assessed and future changes under RCP2.6, RCP4.5 and RCP8.5 are projected...

Analysis on energy demand and CO2 emissions in China following the Energy Production and Consumption Revolution Strategy and China Dream target

March 2018
Ji-Feng Li | Zhong-Yu Ma | Ya-Xiong Zhang | Zhi-Chao Wen

A quantitative model was applied to analyze the energy demand and CO2 emissions in China following the Energy Production and Consumption Revolution Strategy (2016–2030) and long-term economic and social...

Vulnerability assessment: A comparison of three different city sizes in the coastal area of Central Java, Indonesia

December 2017
Wiwandari Handayani | Iwan Rudiarto | Jawoto Sih Setyono | Uchendu Eugene Chigbu | Annisa Mu'awanah Sukmawati

Considering the importance of connecting urbanization phenomena and vulnerability assessments, this paper aims to explore vulnerability assessment in three different city sizes in the northern coast...

Projections of future rainfall for the upper Ping River Basin using regression-based downscaling

December 2017
Sirikanya Saengsawang | Phaotep Pankhao | Chanphit Kaprom | Nutchanart Sriwongsitanon

The objective of this study was to use regression modelling, a form of statistical downscaling technique, to predict the daily rainfall occurrence and rainfall amounts for a small river basin, the upper...

Changes in classified precipitation in the urban, suburban, and mountain areas of Beijing

December 2017
Yu-Feng Yuan | Pan-Mao Zhai | Jian Li | Yang Chen

In this paper, based on hourly precipitation observations in 1977–2013 in the Beijing area, China, hourly precipitation in summer (June‒August) is classified into three categories: light (below the...

Comparison of climate projections between driving CSIRO-Mk3.6.0 and downscaling simulation of RegCM4.4 over China

December 2017
Dong-Feng Zhang | Zhen-Yu Han | Ying Shi

A 151-year (1950–2100) dynamical downscaling simulation over East Asia is conducted by using the Regional Climate Model RegCM4.4 at 25 km grid spacing, which is nested within CSIRO-Mk3.6.0. Climate...

Responses and changes in the permafrost and snow water equivalent in the Northern Hemisphere under a scenario of 1.5 °C warming

December 2017
Ying Kong | Cheng-Hai Wang

In this study, the period that corresponds to the threshold of a 1.5 °C rise (relative to 1861–1880) in surface temperature is validated using a multi-model ensemble mean from 17 global climate models...

Influence of climate change and human activity on water resources in arid region of Northwest China: An overview

December 2017
Yu-Jie Wang | Da-He Qin

This study reviews the latest progress in research on climate change and water resources in the arid region of Northwest China, analyzes the cause of water resource changes within the region from the...

The withdrawal of the U.S. from the Paris Agreement and its impact on global climate change governance

December 2017
Yong-Xiang Zhang | Qing-Chen Chao | Qiu-Hong Zheng | Lei Huang

The global community has prepared for the withdrawal of the U.S. from the Paris Agreement since Donald Trump was elected as the president of the U.S. However, Trump's formal declaration of withdrawal...

The impacts of U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on the carbon emission space and mitigation cost of China, EU, and Japan under the constraints of the global carbon emission space

December 2017
Han-Cheng Dai | Hai-Bin Zhang | Wen-Tao Wang

Based on the Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) model and scenario analysis, the impacts of the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on the carbon emission space and mitigation cost in China,...

U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement: Reasons, impacts, and China's response

December 2017
Hai-Bin Zhang | Han-Cheng Dai | Hua-Xia Lai | Wen-Tao Wang

Applying qualitative and quantitative methods, this article explains the driving forces behind U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, assesses the impacts of this...

Climate change in the Hindu Kush Himalaya

September 2017
Guo-Yu Ren | Arun Bhakta Shrestha

An overview of studies of observed climate change in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region

September 2017
Qing-Long You | Guo-Yu Ren | Yu-Qing Zhang | Yu-Yu Ren | Xiu-Bao Sun | Yun-Jian Zhan | Arun Bhakta Shrestha | Raghavan Krishnan

The Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH hereafter) region is characterized by mountainous environments and a variety of regional climatic conditions. High-altitude regions in the HKH have the recent warming amplifications,...

Observed changes in surface air temperature and precipitation in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region over the last 100-plus years

September 2017
Yu-Yu Ren | Guo-Yu Ren | Xiu-Bao Sun | Arun Bhakta Shrestha | Qing-Long You | Yun-Jian Zhan | Rupak Rajbhandari | Pan-Feng Zhang | Kang-Min Wen

In this paper, we analyzed the long-term changes in temperature and precipitation in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region based on climate datasets LSAT-V1.1 and CGP1.0 recently developed by the China...

Changes in extreme temperature events over the Hindu Kush Himalaya during 1961–2015

September 2017
Xiu-Bao Sun | Guo-Yu Ren | Arun Bhaka Shrestha | Yu-Yu Ren | Qing-Long You | Yun-Jian Zhan | Yan Xu | Rupak Rajbhandari

This study uses the CMA (China Meteorological Administration) global land-surface daily air temperature dataset V1.0 (GLSATD V1.0) to analyze long-term changes in extreme temperature events over the...

Changes in extreme precipitation events over the Hindu Kush Himalayan region during 1961–2012

September 2017
Yun-Jian Zhan | Guo-Yu Ren | Arun Bhaka Shrestha | Rupak Rajbhandari | Yu-Yu Ren | Jayanarayanan Sanjay | Yan Xu | Xiu-Bao Sun | Qing-Long You | Shu Wang

Based on a new multi-source dataset (GLDP-V1.0) recently developed in China Meteorological Administration, we employed precipitation indices including percentile-based indices of light (below the 50th...

Projected changes in mean and extreme climates over Hindu Kush Himalayan region by 21 CMIP5 models

September 2017
Jie Wu | Ying Xu | Xue-Jie Gao

Based on the outputs from 21 CMIP5 (Coupled Model Intercomparison Project phase 5) models, future changes in the mean temperature, precipitation and four climate extreme indices (annual maximum of daily...

Downscaled climate change projections for the Hindu Kush Himalayan region using CORDEX South Asia regional climate models

September 2017
Jayanarayanan Sanjay | Raghavan Krishnan | Arun Bhakta Shrestha | Rupak Rajbhandari | Guo-Yu Ren

This study assessed the regional climate models (RCMs) employed in the Coordinated Regional climate Downscaling Experiment (CORDEX) South Asia framework to investigate the qualitative aspects of future...

Extreme climate projections over the transboundary Koshi River Basin using a high resolution regional climate model

September 2017
Rupak Rajbhandari | Arun Bhakta Shrestha | Santosh Nepal | Shahriar Wahid | Guo-Yu Ren

The high-resolution climate model Providing REgional Climates for Impacts Studies (PRECIS) was used to project the changes in future extreme precipitation and temperature over the Koshi River Basin...

Climate change and water resources: Case study of Eastern Monsoon Region of China

June 2017
Jun Xia | Qing-Yun Duan | Yong Luo | Zheng-Hui Xie | Zhi-Yu Liu | Xing-Guo Mo

This paper addresses the impact of climate change on the water cycle and resource changes in the Eastern Monsoon Region of China (EMRC). It also represents a summary of the achievements made by the...

Coupled modeling of land hydrology–regional climate including human carbon emission and water exploitation

June 2017
Zheng-Hui Xie | Yu-Jin Zeng | Jun Xia | Pei-Hua Qin | Bing-Hao Jia | Jing Zou | Shuang Liu

Carbon emissions and water use are two major kinds of human activities. To reveal whether these two activities can modify the hydrological cycle and climate system in China, we conducted two sets of...

Bayesian multi-model projections of extreme hydroclimatic events under RCPs scenarios

June 2017
Qiao-Hong Sun | Jun Xia | Chi-Yuan Miao | Qing-Yun Duan

A Bayesian multi-model inference framework was used to assess the changes in the occurrence of extreme hydroclimatic events in four major river basins in China (i.e., Liaohe River Basin, Yellow River...

Impacts of climate change on agricultural water resources and adaptation on the North China Plain

June 2017
Xing-Guo Mo | Shi Hu | Zhong-Hui Lin | Su-Xia Liu | Jun Xia

Climate change is having a considerable impact on the availability of water resources for agricultural production on the North China Plain (NCP), where the shortage of water is currently disturbing...

Asian climate change under 1.5–4 °C warming targets

June 2017
Ying Xu | Bo-Tao Zhou | Jie Wu | Zhen-Yu Han | Yong-Xiang Zhang | Jia Wu

Based on simulations of 18 CMIP5 models under three RCP scenarios, this article investigates changes in mean temperature and precipitation and their extremes over Asia in the context of global warming...

Alpine grassland fPAR change over the Northern Tibetan Plateau from 2002 to 2011

June 2017
Bao-Xiong Chen | Xian-Zhou Zhang | Yu-Fang Sun | Jing-Sheng Wang | Yong-Tao He

In this study, two different methods including Digital Camera and Reference Panel (DCRP) and traditional in situ fPAR observation for measuring the in situ point fPAR of very short alpine grass vegetation...

Can we go beyond INDCs: Analysis of a future mitigation possibility in China, Japan, EU and the U.S.

June 2017
Ke-Jun Jiang | Kentaro Tamura | Tatsuya Hanaoka

The most important achievement in the Paris Agreement is to set up emission reduction target by commitment submitted by each country/region with the form INDC. However the emission reduction target...

Implications of geoengineering under the 1.5 °C target: Analysis and policy suggestions

June 2017
Ying Chen | Yuan Xin

The Paris Agreement introduced a 1.5 °C target to control the rise in global temperature, but clear arrangements for feasible implementation pathways were not made. Achieving the 1.5 °C target imposes...

Adapting cities to sea level rise: A perspective from Chinese deltas

June 2017
He-Qin Cheng | Ji-Yu Chen

In recent years, intensifying waterlogging, salt water intrusion, wetland loss, and ecosystem degradation in Chinese delta cities and adjacent regions have generated the pressing need to create an urban...

A new classification of large-scale climate regimes around the Tibetan Plateau based on seasonal circulation patterns

March 2017
Xin-Gang Dai | Ping Wang

This study aims to develop a large-scale climate classification for investigating the characteristics of the climate regimes around the Tibetan Plateau based on seasonal precipitation, moisture transport...

Documented changes in annual runoff and attribution since the 1950s within selected rivers in China

March 2017
Lü-Liu Liu | Jian-Jun Du

To enable local water resource management and maintenance of ecosystem integrity and to protect and mitigate against flood and drought, it is necessary to determine changes in long-term series of streamflow...

Evaluation of sea level rise in Bohai Bay and associated responses

March 2017
Ke-Xiu LIU | Hui WANG | Shi-Jie FU | Zhi-Gang GAO | Jun-Xing DONG | Jian-Long FENG | Tong GAO

Tide gauge data from 1950 to 2015 are used to analyze sea level change, tidal change, return levels, and design tide levels under rising sea level scenarios in Bohai Bay. Results show the following:...

Accelerating access to energy services: Way forward

March 2017
Ibrahim Hafeezur Rehman | Arun Sreekumar | Bigsna Gill | Ernst Worrell

As nearly a fifth of the world's population still lives without access to electricity and double that number with no access to modern cooking technologies, both public and private sector players have...

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