reported by Chu et al. (1994). It seems rather obvious Comments on "Detecting Climate Change to us that the spatial and temporal trends in outgoing Concurrent with Deforestation in the Amazon longwave radiation can be explained, in part, by the Basin: Which Way Has It Gone?" lower-tropospheric cooling that is occurring in the Amazon region. Chu et al. (1994) provide some useful information on recent climate changes that have occurred in the ROBER T C . BALLING JR. Amazon Basin during a time of deforestation. Their OFFIC E OF CLIMATOLOGY primary finding is that outgoing longwave radiation ARIZON A STATE UNIVERSITY generally is decreasing across the basin over the past TEMPE , ARIZONA 15 years, and they relate this trend to an increase in regional convective activity. Their argument is sup- WARWIC K S . HUGHES ported by a concurrent upward trend (not statistically TASMA N INSTITUTE significant) in precipitation at Belem and Manaus. MELBOURNE , VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA However, given that the title of the article directly mentions detecting climate change, and given their emphasis on outgoing longwave radiation, it seems References strange that there is no mention of trends in near- surface air temperatures in recent years. Chu,
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Apr 1, 1995
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