Articles | Volume 4, issue 1
Research article
22 Mar 2023
Research article |  | 22 Mar 2023

Effects on early monsoon rainfall in West Africa due to recent deforestation in a convection-permitting ensemble

Julia Crook, Cornelia Klein, Sonja Folwell, Christopher M. Taylor, Douglas J. Parker, Adama Bamba, and Kouakou Kouadio

Data sets

VERA: West Africa current vegetation and 1950 vegetation scenario ensemble mean data for June 2014 J. Crook

Short summary
We estimate recent deforestation in West Africa and use a climate model allowing explicit convection to determine impacts on early season rainfall. We find enhanced rainfall over deforestation, in line with recent observational results, due to changes in circulation rather than humidity, showing potential for future studies. Local changes depend on initial soil moisture, deforestation extent, and ocean proximity, with sea breezes shifting inland where surface friction decreased.