Advances in Earth Science ›› 2020, Vol. 35 ›› Issue (10): 1029-1040. doi: 10.11867/j.issn.1001-8166.2020.085

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Progress and Prospect of the Moisture Recycling Models

Xiucang Li 1, 2( ),Tong Jiang 2,Ping Wu 1( )   

  1. 1.National Climate Center/Laboratory for Climate Studies,China Meteorological Administration,Beijing 100081,China
    2.Collaborative Innovation Center on Forecast and Evaluation of Meteorological Disasters/Institute for Disaster Risk Management/School of Geographical Sciences,Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology,Nanjing 210044,China
  • Received:2020-07-30 Revised:2020-09-22 Online:2020-10-10 Published:2020-11-30
  • Contact: Ping Wu;
  • About author:Li Xiucang (1982-), male, Yuncheng County, Shandong Province, Senior Engineer. Research areas include climate change and water cycle. E-mail:
  • Supported by:
    the National Key Research and Development Program of China “Spatiotemporal evolution of energy and water cycle in global climate system”(2017YFA0603701);The Second Tibetan Plateau Scientific Expedition and Research Program “The change of Asian water tower and its wide effect”(2019QZKK0208)

Xiucang Li,Tong Jiang,Ping Wu. Progress and Prospect of the Moisture Recycling Models[J]. Advances in Earth Science, 2020, 35(10): 1029-1040.

As an important part of the hydrological cycle, moisture recycling is a process in which evaporated water vapor returns to the local area again in the form of precipitation. In this paper, the development process of the basic theory of moisture recycling was reviewed. Three types of moisture recycling research methods from the domestic and foreign research were investigated systematically. The similarities and differences of the boundary conditions and assumptions of different box analysis models were analyzed. The advantages and limitations of water vapor tracer method and isotopic tracer method were compared. In the current domestic and international moisture recycling research, scale-dependence of the results and fewer studies on global scale are still outstanding problems. The box analysis recycling model needs to be optimized and improved. Relatively consensus equal-scale calculation schemes should be developed. In addition, moisture recycling studies should be combined with the studies of the global water cycle, in order to supplement relevant components of global water balance. Dynamic changes of the water cycle should also be considered the changes of moisture recycling.

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