Nonlocal effects dominate the global mean surface temperature response to the biogeophysical effects of deforestation

Nonlocal effects: Deforestation influences surface temperature at the location of deforestation (local effects) and elsewhere (nonlocal effects). […] Using simulations in a climate model, we show that deforestation-induced changes in the brightness of the surface influence surface temperature mainly nonlocally and thus may be largely overlooked in observation-based data sets. The simulations show that the nonlocal effects have a larger impact on global average surface temperature than the local effects, independent of how much area is deforested and at which latitude the deforestation takes place.

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