The complexity of regional warming in the United Arab Emirates in the period 1982-2009

Walter Conca, Khaled Al-Nuaimi, Nicolaas Nagelkerke

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Increases in atmospheric temperature are a global phenomenon, but reports of regional climate changes are scarce. Since no long-term air temperature and humidity data were reported from the UAE we obtained routinely collected weather data from three airports in the Emirates. Over the period 1982-2009 in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Al Ain the mean annual temperature increased by up to +3°C. Increases were not linear but showed a distinct warming anomaly in 1998 perhaps reflecting naturally occurring climate dynamics as well as local anthropogenic forcing. Over the same period of time, relative humidity decreased suggesting further desertification.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-233
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Global Warming
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Indian Ocean dipole
  • anthropogenic forcing agents
  • climate Persian Gulf
  • climate UAE
  • land near-surface air warming UAE
  • regional warming
  • relative atmospheric humidity
  • temperatures UAE
  • warming anomaly

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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