The western Mediterranean climate: How will it respond to global warming?

Dario Camuffo, C. Bertolin, N. Diodato, M. Barriendos, F. Dominguez-Castro, C. Cocheo, A. della Valle, E. Garnier, M. J. Alcoforado

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Abstract

The paper discusses the newly produced temperature and precipitation series from instrumental observations in the Western Mediterranean (WM) area, dating back to 1654. The two series had a continuous swing and unstable coupling passing from correlation to anti-correlation. Only after 1950 are they permanently anti-correlated with increasing temperature and decreasing precipitation. It is not clear how long this coupling will persist. The analysis of the correlation between the Northern Hemisphere (NH) and the WM temperature anomalies and their trends shows a certain variability from 1850 to 1950; later a strong coupling between NH and WM. Results suggest that the WM climate is approaching a turning point that might locally oppose the adverse effects of Global Warming.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-142
Number of pages6
JournalClimatic Change
Volume100
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Atmospheric Science

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    Camuffo, D., Bertolin, C., Diodato, N., Barriendos, M., Dominguez-Castro, F., Cocheo, C., della Valle, A., Garnier, E., & Alcoforado, M. J. (2010). The western Mediterranean climate: How will it respond to global warming? Climatic Change, 100(1), 137-142. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-010-9817-6