Spatial extent of precipitation events: when big is getting bigger
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CitationMatte, D., Christensen, J. H. & Öztürk, T. (2021). Spatial extent of precipitation events: when big is getting bigger. Climate Dynamics, 58(5-6), 1861-1875. doi:10.1007/s00382-021-05998-0
Using a sub-selection of regional climate models at 0.11 degrees (approximate to 12 km) grid resolution from the EURO-CORDEX ensemble, we investigate how the spatial extent of areas associated with the most intensive daily precipitation events changes as a consequence of global warming. We address this by analysing three different warming levels: 1 degrees C, 2 degrees C and 3 degrees C. We find that not only does the intensity of such events increase, but their size will also change as a function of the warming: larger systems becomes more frequent and larger, while systems of lesser extent are reduced in numbers.
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