International Journal of Biometeorology

, Volume 58, Issue 5, pp 645–660 | Cite as

Impacts of land cover changes on climate trends in Jiangxi province China

  • Qi WangEmail author
  • Dirk Riemann
  • Steffen Vogt
  • Rüdiger Glaser
Original Paper


Land-use/land-cover (LULC) change is an important climatic force, and is also affected by climate change. In the present study, we aimed to assess the regional scale impact of LULC on climate change using Jiangxi Province, China, as a case study. To obtain reliable climate trends, we applied the standard normal homogeneity test (SNHT) to surface air temperature and precipitation data for the period 1951–1999. We also compared the temperature trends computed from Global Historical Climatology Network (GHCN) datasets and from our analysis. To examine the regional impacts of land surface types on surface air temperature and precipitation change integrating regional topography, we used the observation minus reanalysis (OMR) method. Precipitation series were found to be homogeneous. Comparison of GHCN and our analysis on adjusted temperatures indicated that the resulting climate trends varied slightly from dataset to dataset. OMR trends associated with surface vegetation types revealed a strong surface warming response to land barrenness and weak warming response to land greenness. A total of 81.1 % of the surface warming over vegetation index areas (0–0.2) was attributed to surface vegetation type change and regional topography. The contribution of surface vegetation type change decreases as land cover greenness increases. The OMR precipitation trend has a weak dependence on surface vegetation type change. We suggest that LULC integrating regional topography should be considered as a force in regional climate modeling.


Land use/land cover Climate trend Homogenization Regional topography 



The authors thank the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for supporting this work as part of the PhD work of Q.W. We also thank the reviewers for their constructive comments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Qi Wang
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Dirk Riemann
    • 2
  • Steffen Vogt
    • 2
  • Rüdiger Glaser
    • 2
  1. 1.Guangdong Academy of ForestryGuangzhouPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Institute of Physical GeographyAlbert-Ludwigs-University FreiburgFreiburg (im Breisgau)Germany

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