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Distinct Responses of East Asian Summer and Winter Monsoons to Orbital Forcing : Volume 7, Issue 2 (07/03/2011)

By Shi, Z.

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Title: Distinct Responses of East Asian Summer and Winter Monsoons to Orbital Forcing : Volume 7, Issue 2 (07/03/2011)  
Author: Shi, Z.
Volume: Vol. 7, Issue 2
Language: English
Subject: Science, Climate, Past
Collections: Periodicals: Journal and Magazine Collection (Contemporary), Copernicus GmbH
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Publisher: Copernicus Gmbh, Göttingen, Germany
Member Page: Copernicus Publications


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Sun, Y., Kutzbach, J., Liu, X., An, Z., Shi, Z., & Liu, Z. (2011). Distinct Responses of East Asian Summer and Winter Monsoons to Orbital Forcing : Volume 7, Issue 2 (07/03/2011). Retrieved from

Description: Institute of Earth Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xi'an, China. Influences of the Earth's orbital forcing on the evolution of East Asian monsoon have been demonstrated with various geological records and climate models. Here, we present time series of climatic proxies from the Chinese Loess Plateau and Sanbao/Hulu caves and the winter/summer monsoon intensity index from a long-term transient climate model simulation. Both the observations and modeling results reveal consistently distinct responses of East Asian summer and winter monsoons to orbital forcing. Different from the dominant local impact on the summer monsoon at the precession scale (~20 ka period), the East Asian winter monsoon is driven predominantly by the obliquity forcing (~40 ka period). We propose that the obliquity forcing controls the meridional insolation difference and therefore exerts a more significant effect on the evolution of the East Asian winter monsoon than expected before.

Distinct responses of East Asian summer and winter monsoons to orbital forcing

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