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15 Feb 2024
Research article |  | 15 Feb 2024

The effect of forest cover changes on the regional climate conditions in Europe during the period 1986–2015

Marcus Breil, Vanessa K. M. Schneider, and Joaquim G. Pinto

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The general impact of afforestation on the regional climate conditions in Europe during the period 1986–2015 is investigated. For this purpose, a regional climate model simulation is performed, in which afforestation during this period is considered, and results are compared to a simulation in which this is not the case. Results show that afforestation had discernible impacts on the climate change signal in Europe, which may have mitigated the local warming trend, especially in summer in Europe.
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