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Contemporary Environmental Changes over the Dry Land Belt of Northern Eurasia and Their Consequences
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  • Pavel Groisman,
  • Olga Bulygina,
  • Geoffrey Henebry,
  • Alexander Shiklomanov,
  • Nina Speranskaya,
  • Yizhao Chen,
  • Nadezhda Chebakova,
  • Elena Parfenova,
  • Natalia Tilinina,
  • Olga Zolina,
  • Ambroise Dufour,
  • Jiquan Chen,
  • Ranjeet John,
  • Peilei Fan,
  • Csaba Mátyás,
  • Irina Yesserkepova,
  • Ildan Kaipov
Pavel Groisman
North Carolina State University at NOAA NCEI

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Olga Bulygina
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Geoffrey Henebry
Michigan State University, USA
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Alexander Shiklomanov
University of New Hampshire
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Nina Speranskaya
Russian State Hydrological Institute
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Yizhao Chen
Nangjing Forest University
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Nadezhda Chebakova
SibRAS Forest Institute Russia
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Elena Parfenova
SibRAS Forest Institute, Russia
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Natalia Tilinina
RAS Institute for Oceanology, Russia
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Olga Zolina
RAS Institute for Oceanology, Russia
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Ambroise Dufour
University of Grenoble, France
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Jiquan Chen
Michigan State University, USA
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Ranjeet John
SD State University, USA
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Peilei Fan
Michigan State University, USA
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Csaba Mátyás
University of Sopron
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Irina Yesserkepova
Joint Stock Company
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Ildan Kaipov
National Center for Space Research and Technologies, Almaty, Kazakhstan
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Our presentation represents a brief overview of recent climatic and environmental changes over the Dry Lands of Northern Eurasia. The Dry Land Belt (DLB) in Northern Eurasia is the largest contiguous dryland on Earth. During the last century, changes here have included land use change (e.g., rapid virgin land development in the mid of the 1950s; cf. Figure 1), resource extraction, rapid institutional shifts (e.g., collapse of the Soviet Union), climatic changes, and natural disturbances. These factors intertwine, overlap, sometimes mitigate but sometimes feedback upon each other to exacerbate their synergistic and cumulative effects. Thus, it is important to document properly each of these external and internal factors and to characterize structural relationships among them in order to develop better approaches to alleviating negative consequences of these regional environmental changes. This paper addresses the climatic changes observed over the DLB in recent decades and outlines possible links of these changes (both impacts and feedbacks) with other external and internal factors of contemporary regional environmental change and human activities within the DLB.