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Statistical Examination of Frost Characterization: A Case of Global Warming Impact in Jordan

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Radiation and advection frost are common in Jordan as well as other neighboring countries as they face several frost waves each year during the late months of winter. Recently, many frost episodes hit the valley and damaged the crops that were compensated by millions of dollars by the Jordanian Government. This manuscript addresses and characterizes frost, and assesses the role of global warming in impacting frost in terms of its frequency, severity, and total number of frost days per year. A comprehensive statistical approach was used. The paper indicates that frost waves will continue to hit in the near future regardless of the fact that Earth is moving towards warmer conditions. Agricultural and financial authorities should be urged to minimize frost damage by considering installing wind fans in Jordan valley as an active method in addition to implementing good farm practices (as a passive methods where deemed necessary).

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M. Hamdi, M. Alaban and M. Jaber, "Statistical Examination of Frost Characterization: A Case of Global Warming Impact in Jordan," Journal of Water Resource and Protection, Vol. 3 No. 8, 2011, pp. 620-627. doi: 10.4236/jwarp.2011.38071.

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