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Position: Home > issue > August 28, 2021 Volume 2, Issue 3
Shortened Duration and Reduced Area of Frozen Soil in the Northern Hemisphere
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Author: Ting Li, Yong-Zhe Chen, Li-Jian Han, Lin-Hai Cheng, Yi-He Lv, Bo-Jie Fu, Xiao-Ming Feng, Xing Wu

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The changes in near-surface soil freeze-thaw cycles (FTCs) are crucial to understanding the related hydrological and biological processes in terrestrial ecosystems under a changing climate. However, long-term dynamics of soil FTCs at the hemisphere scale and the underlying mechanisms are not well understood. In this study, the spatiotemporal patterns and main driving factors of soil FTCs across the Northern Hemisphere (NH) during 1979-2017 were analyzed using multi-source data fusion and attribution approaches.





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