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Trends and Spatio-Temporal Variability of Summer Mean and Extreme Precipitation Events across South Korea for 1973-2022
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  • Hye-Ryeom Kim,
  • Mincheol moon,
  • Junghee Yun,
  • Kyung-Ja Ha
Hye-Ryeom Kim
Pusan National University, Busan, Republic of Korea
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Mincheol moon
Pusan National University
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Junghee Yun
Pusan National University
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Kyung-Ja Ha
Center for Climate Physics, Institute for Basic Science (IBS)

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Climate change has altered the frequency, intensity, and timing of mean and extreme precipitation events. Extreme precipitation has caused tremendous socio-economic losses and displays strong regional variability. Although many previous studies have addressed daily extreme precipitation, hourly extreme rainfall still needs to be thoroughly investigated. In this study, we investigated the trends, spatio-temporal variability, and long-term variations in mean and extreme precipitation over South Korea using daily and hourly observational data. During the past 50 years (1973–2022), there has been a notable escalation in maximum hourly precipitation, although the boreal summer mean precipitation has increased only marginally. Regionally, an increase in mean and extreme rainfall occurred in the northern part of the central region. Moreover, increased intensity and frequency of extreme precipitation have contributed more to the total summer precipitation in recent years. Our findings provide scientific insights into the progression of extreme summer precipitation events in South Korea.