Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2003, Vol. 58 ›› Issue (7s): 31-37.doi: 10.11821/xb20037s004

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Variation of Frost Days and Its Relationship to Regional Warming in Northern China

MA Zhuguo   

  1. Chinese Academy of Sciences Key Laboratory of Regional Climate-Environment Research for Temperate East Asia,START Regional Center for East Asia, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, CAS, Beijing 100029, China
  • Received:2003-05-09 Revised:2003-07-25 Online:2003-12-25 Published:2003-12-25
  • Supported by:

    National Key Planning Development for Basic Research, No.G1999043400; Knowledge Innovation Project of CAS, No.KZCX1-10-07


Based on daily mean temperature data from 62 stations of northern China since 1951, the trend of frost days and temperature has been analyzed, and the variation trend of the starting date in autumn and the ending date in spring have been shown. The results indicate an obvious reduction trend of frost days, an increase trend of frost-day temperature in northern China from 1951 to 2000, and the increasingly longer growth season due to early start date of spring and late ending date of autumn. We can also find a good relationship between frost-day temperature and mean temperature in the period, this may foreshow the variation of mean temperature is produced by frost-day temperature.

Key words: frost day, climate change, regional warming, trend, China