September 17, 2021

Large-scale wind and solar farms in the Sahara would increase heat, rain, vegetation

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Yan Li – postdoc research associate, Department of Natural Resource and Environmental Sciences

BY DIANA YATES  | LIFE SCIENCES EDITOR, U. OF I. NEWS BUREAU

Using a new climate-modeling approach, U. of I. postdoctoral researcher Yan Li and his colleagues found that a massive wind and solar installation in the Sahara Desert could have beneficial climatic and ecological effects.

Editor’s notes:

To reach Yan Li, email [email protected].

The paper “Climate model shows large-scale wind and solar farms in the Sahara increase rain and vegetation” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau. Authors are: Yan Li, Eugenia Kalnay, Safa Motesharrei, Jorge Rivas, Fred Kucharski, Daniel Kirk-Davidoff, Eviatar Bach and Ning Zeng.

DOI: 10.1126/science.aar5629

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Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

SOURCE: https://news.illinois.edu/view/6367/691256

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