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Climate change in Central Asia: Sino-German cooperative research findings

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Central Asia (CA) occupies the hinterland of the Eurasian continent, containing the countries of Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan. Being isolated by the Pamir Mountains in Tajikistan, the Tibetan Plateau and the Tian Shan Mountains on the border between China and Kyrgyzstan, the moist air from the Pacific and Indian Oceans has difficulty reaching this region. More than 93% of the total area is dry land (including arid, semiarid, and subhumid areas, as defined by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification), and the ecosystems of this region are very sensitive and susceptible to climate change. In order to better perform sustainable management in CA, which is an important pivot area along the “Silk Road Economic Belt”, it is crucial to understand regional climate change and its interaction with water resources, land cover, and ecosystems.

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https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scib.2020.02.008
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