The role of historical land-cover changes as a mechanism for global and regional climate change
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This paper describes the results from several modeling studies and an observational analysis as to the effect of historical land-cover change on regional and global climates. We discuss methods for determining historical vegetation change and present results from model simulations at the global and regional scale which compare climates generated using currently observed vegetation versus natural vegetation as a boundary condition. We also compare these modeling studies with recent observational data and with simulations of climate change resulting from increased greenhouse gases. We conclude ...