Research links hot extremes with low soil moisture


Research at the ARC Centre for Excellence for Climate System Science has found that locations around the world where hot extremes are warming fastest is explained by changes in the surface energy linked with drying soils in these hot spot regions.

The study examined the regional differences in hot extremes as a consequence of global warming, identifying where hot temperatures are becoming ‘more extreme’ relative to the average conditions, and what drives these changes.

Hot spots of accelerated warming of model-simulated hot extremes were located in Europe, North America, South America, and Southeast China and these were analysed against the environmental conditions on the exact dates when the heat extremes occurred.

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