Earth's land is drying as it warms, but it is not clear how dry is too dry

Monday, June 5, 2023 - 13:33 in Astronomy & Space

When soil moisture is low, evaporation is limited. The conditions of this moisture-limited regime can exacerbate extreme weather events, including droughts and heat waves. In a new study, Hsin Hsu and colleagues quantify how global warming affects soil moisture. Although climate change will dehydrate soil, they found, it is not clear how dry is too dry. The findings are published in the journal Earth's Future.

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