Reports

Influence of Land-Surface Evapotranspiration on the Earth's Climate

Science  19 Mar 1982:
Vol. 215, Issue 4539, pp. 1498-1501
DOI: 10.1126/science.215.4539.1498

Abstract

Calculations with a numerical model of the atmosphere show that the global fields of rainfall, temperature, and motion strongly depend on the land- surface evapotranspiration. This confirms the long-held idea that the surface vegetation, which produces the evapotransporation, is an important factor in the earth's climate.