Articles | Volume 23, issue 6
Research article
04 Jun 2019
Research article |  | 04 Jun 2019

The role of land and ocean evaporation on the variability of precipitation in the Yangtze River valley

Astrid Fremme and Harald Sodemann

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This study examines the evaporation sources of precipitation falling over the Yangtze River valley on China's east coast. The summer monsoon rainfall causes large seasonal and interannual variations which affect a large population. We found that evaporation from surrounding land regions is important, supplying more than half of the summertime precipitation. Extreme dry and wet summers are connected to contributions from specific land and ocean regions.