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RILS scholar finds causes for wild weather swings from drought to flood

31 Aug 2023

Research Results

A collaborative study by Dr WANG Shuo, Member of the Research Institute for Land and Space (RILS) and Associate Professor of the Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics (LSGI), Miss QING Yamin, PolyU doctoral student, and researchers from the University of Texas and Columbia University, found that wild weather swings from severe drought to heavy rains are becoming more common with climate change, based on analysis on climate data during 1980–2020. The team also discovered the “land-based feedback loops”, which explains how the movement of moisture from humid regions to dry regions increases the chance of downpours after drought. These results can be useful to help increase the accuracy of predictive climate models and help communities to better prepare for swings between drought and flooding.


The study has been published in Communications Earth & Environment


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