Future Changes in Surface Runoff over Korea Projected by a Regional Climate Model under A1B Scenario Journal Article uri icon



  • This study assesses future change of surface runoff due to climate change over Korea using a regional climate model (RCM), namely, the Global/Regional Integrated Model System (GRIMs), Regional Model Program (RMP). The RMP is forced by future climate scenario, namely, A1B of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report (AR4). The RMP satisfactorily reproduces the observed seasonal mean and variation of surface runoff for the current climate simulation. The distribution of monsoonal precipitation-related runoff is adequately captured by the RMP. In the future (2040–2070) simulation, it is shown that the increasing trend of temperature has significant impacts on the intra-annual runoff variation. The variability of runoff is increased in summer; moreover, the strengthened possibility of extreme occurrence is detected in the future climate. This study indicates that future climate projection, including surface runoff and its variability over Korea, can be adequately addressed on the RMP testbed. Furthermore, this study reflects that global warming affects local hydrological cycle by changing major water budget components. This study adduces that the importance of runoff should not be overlooked in regional climate studies, and more elaborate presentation of fresh-water cycle is needed to close hydrological circulation in RCMs.

publication date

  • January 1, 2014

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  • gold

Date in CU Experts

  • June 16, 2021 7:45 AM

Full Author List

  • Lee J-W; Ham S; Hong S-Y; Yoshimura K; Joh M

author count

  • 5

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1687-9309

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1687-9317

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 1

end page

  • 8


  • 2014