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By S.J. McLaren, D.R. Kniveton

Our perspectives and realizing of adaptations in weather, geomorphological approaches and the interrelationships that exist among climatic alterations and land floor alterations, either now and within the prior, have constructed significantly over the past decade. This ebook goals to encapsulate a few of these contemporary advances and specializes in the integration of analysis that has been performed through geomorphologists and climatologists on linking weather and land floor alterations. This ebook is split into major elements: part A accommodates learn that has focused on non permanent adaptations in weather, while part B seems to be at the various paintings on long term weather variability. the amount concludes with a precis bankruptcy that brings jointly a few of the rules which have been provided during this paintings and different contemporary examine during this normal box. this article will be of curiosity to higher point scholars of geomorphology, Quaternary reviews, climatology, earth sciences, and environmental reviews. it is going to even be of use to researchers in those fields.

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This is demonstrated in figures 7 and 8. The key point here is that the aggregation of rainfall anomalies conceals those stations that do not display any rainfall trend. The suspicion is that those stations that contain extreme anomalies are masking other stations where there is no clear linear trend. This can be illustrated by plotting the predicted amount of drying from the desiccation trend line against the difference between the highest and the lowest observed rainfall value (figure 9). The result is significant at the 1% level of significance.

As rainfall exhibits considerable interannual variability, these results suggest that rainfall generally has a small impact on January-April dust production. However, a very large positive IDDI anomaly is evident in all Sahelian zones in 1985, after the extremely dry years of 1983 and 1984, providing compelling evidence for a cumulative impact of multiple years of large rainfall deficits. 1987 and 1990 are years characterised by extreme rainfall deficits that follow years that are dry, but not extreme in terms of rainfall.

If stations with a weak trend line, (N’Guigmii, Zinder, and Gaya) are excluded then the AGNEW AND CHAPPELL 35 36 DESICCATION IN THE SAHEL relationship between desiccation trend and rainfall maximum minus rainfall minimum is even stronger In a semi-arid region of highly variable rainfall it does seem unwise to accept a general statement of regional desiccation when this is based on a few extreme observations. Furthermore, when these extreme values occur at the start (early 1960s) and end (late 1990s) points of the period it can be no surprise that a linear trend line can often be fitted to the data.

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