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Targeted rainfall enhancement as an objective of forestation


Staal,  A.
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Theeuwen,  J. J. E.
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Wang-Erlandsson,  Lan
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Wunderling,  Nico
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research;

Dekker,  S. C.
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Staal, A., Theeuwen, J. J. E., Wang-Erlandsson, L., Wunderling, N., Dekker, S. C. (2024): Targeted rainfall enhancement as an objective of forestation. - Global Change Biology, 30, 1, e17096.

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Forestation efforts are accelerating across the globe in the fight against global climate change, in order to restore biodiversity, and to improve local livelihoods. Yet, so far the non-local effects of forestation on rainfall have largely remained a blind spot. Here we build upon emerging work to propose that targeted rainfall enhancement may also be considered in the prioritization of forestation. We show that the tools to achieve this are rapidly becoming available, but we also identify drawbacks and discuss which further developments are still needed to realize robust assessments of the rainfall effects of forestation in the face of climate change. Forestation programs may then mitigate not only global climate change itself, but also its adverse effects in the form of drying.