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Climate change impacts in Iran: assessing our current knowledge

Abstract

During recent years, various studies have focused on investigating the direct and indirect impacts of climate changes in Iran while the noteworthy fact is the achievement gained by these researches. Furthermore, what should be taken into consideration is whether these studies have been able to provide appropriate opportunities for improving further studies in this particular field or not. To address these questions, this study systematically reviewed and summarized the current available literature (n = 150) regarding the impacts of climate change on temperature and precipitation in Iran to assess our current state of knowledge. The results revealed that while all studies discuss the probable changes in temperature and precipitation over the next decades, serious contradictions could be seen in their results; also, the general pattern of changes was different in most of the cases. This matter may have a significant effect on public beliefs in climate change, which can be a serious warning for the activists in this realm.

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Rahimi, J., Malekian, A. & Khalili, A. Climate change impacts in Iran: assessing our current knowledge. Theor Appl Climatol 135, 545–564 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00704-018-2395-7

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