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Li L.,Qinghai Climate Center | Li L.,Qinghai Key Laboratory of Disaster Prevention and Reduction | Shen H.,Qinghai Climate Center | Shen H.,Qinghai Key Laboratory of Disaster Prevention and Reduction | And 5 more authors.
Journal of Geographical Sciences | Year: 2012

This study examines the hydrological and meteorological data of the source region of the Yellow River from 1956 to 2010 and future climate scenarios from regional climate model (PRECIS) during 2010-2020. Through analyzing the flow variations and revealing the climate causes, it predicts the variation trend for future flows. It is found that the annual mean flow showed a decreasing trend in recent 50 years in the source region of the Yellow River with quasi-periods of 5a, 8a, 15a, 22a and 42a; the weakened South China Sea summer monsoon induced precipitation decrease, as well as evaporation increase and frozen soil degeneration in the scenario of global warming are the climate factors, which have caused flow decrease. Based on the regional climate model PRECIS prediction, the flows in the source region of the Yellow River are likely to decrease generally in the next 20 years. © 2012 Science China Press and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. Source

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