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Study on Cloud Water Resources of Mountain Ranges in Xinjiang Based on Aqua Satellite Data

  • 1. College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Donghua University, Shanghai 201620, China;
    2. Institute of Desert Meteorology of China Meteorological Administration, Urumqi 830002, China;
    3. Qinghai Meteorological Bureau, Xining 810001, China

Received date: 2010-04-09

  Revised date: 2010-12-02

  Online published: 2011-01-30


CERES SSF Aqua MODIS Edition 1B/2B/2C cloud data from Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System (CERES) of NASA’s EOS from December, 2002 to December, 2007 were employed and the Altay, Tianshan and Kunlun mountains in Xinjiang were selected as research regions in this study. The variation features of cloud water resources were demonstrated through the analysis of multi-year average spatial distribution, seasonal and annual variation in total cloud coverage. The results showed that multi-year average of the total cloud coverage of the Altay Mountains, Tianshan Mountains and Kunlun Mountains were 43.47%, 44.91% and 52.72%, indicating the cloud water resources had potential for artificial enhancing precipitation; the measurement of the total cloud coverage of the Kunlun Mountains was the highest, but the precipitation conversion efficiency was relatively low, so there should be some potential for improving the precipitation efficiency by artificial enhancing methods at the Kunlun Mountains; the total cloud coverage of the three mountain ranges had obvious seasonal and annual variations with different features.

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WANG Hong-qiang, CHEN Yong-hang, PENG Kuan-jun, CUI Cai-xia, ZHANG Guo-qing, LIU Qiong . Study on Cloud Water Resources of Mountain Ranges in Xinjiang Based on Aqua Satellite Data[J]. JOURNAL OF NATURAL RESOURCES, 2011 , 26(1) : 89 -96 . DOI: 10.11849/zrzyxb.2011.01.009


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