Articles | Volume 20, issue 12
Research article
20 Jun 2023
Research article |  | 20 Jun 2023

The potential of an increased deciduous forest fraction to mitigate the effects of heat extremes in Europe

Marcus Breil, Annabell Weber, and Joaquim G. Pinto

Data sets

LUCAS LUC historical land use and land cover change dataset for Europe (Version 1.1) P. Hoffmann, V. Reinhart, and D. Rechid

ERA5 hourly data on single levels from 1940 to present H. Hersbach, B. Bell, P. Berrisford, G. Biavati, A. Horányi, J. Muñoz Sabater, J. Nicolas, C. Peubey, R. Radu, I. Rozum, D. Schepers, A. Simmons, C. Soci, D. Dee, and J.-N. Thépaut

Short summary
A promising strategy for mitigating burdens of heat extremes in Europe is to replace dark coniferous forests with brighter deciduous forests. The consequence of this would be reduced absorption of solar radiation, which should reduce the intensities of heat periods. In this study, we show that deciduous forests have a certain cooling effect on heat period intensities in Europe. However, the magnitude of the temperature reduction is quite small.
Final-revised paper