Water Resources Research


Oceanic Sources of Continental Precipitation

Water Resources Research

Description: The main topic of the special section is the oceanic sources of continental precipitation. Subtopics to be included (but not rigorously limited to them) are: (1) global distribution of water vapor: evaporation and precipitation evaporation hot spots anomalies of moisture transport linked to drought periods; (5) low-level jets warm pools monsoons and their role in the transport of moisture; (6) the identification and characteristics of moisture sources within the scope of paleoclimatic studies; and (7) implications of climate change: changes in water vapor changes in large-scale circulation related to moisture transport, changes in precipitation, aridity and soil moisture.

  1. Introduction to a Special Collection

    1. Top of page
    2. Introduction to a Special Collection
    3. Regular Articles
    4. Research Articles
    5. Technical Notes
  2. Regular Articles

    1. Top of page
    2. Introduction to a Special Collection
    3. Regular Articles
    4. Research Articles
    5. Technical Notes
    1. A numerical experiment on the influence of the interannual variation of sea surface temperature on terrestrial precipitation in northern Japan during the cold season (pages 7763–7777)

      Tomonori Sato and Shiori Sugimoto

      Article first published online: 26 NOV 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/2012WR013206

      Key Points

      • An increasing trend in winter precipitation in northern Japan is investigated
      • Long-term regional model simulations and sensitivity experiment were conducted
      • The warming of Japan Sea played a leading role in the precipitation trend
    2. Water isotopes as tools to document oceanic sources of precipitation (pages 7469–7486)

      Jean Jouzel, Gilles Delaygue, Amaëlle Landais, Valérie Masson-Delmotte, Camille Risi and Françoise Vimeux

      Article first published online: 18 NOV 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/2013WR013508

      Key Points

      • Link between the isotopic content of precipitation and its oceanic origin
      • Application of this method to polar ice cores & Andean precipitation
      • Potential of combining deuterium-excess and oxygen 17-excess
    3. Quantifying present and projected future atmospheric moisture transports onto land (pages 7266–7277)

      Matthias Zahn and Richard P. Allan

      Article first published online: 6 NOV 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/2012WR013209

      Key Points

      • landward moisture transports are projected to intensify
      • No strong shifts of circulation regime found
      • there is a strong diurnal cycle of landward moisture transports
    4. Variability of moisture sources in the Mediterranean region during the period 1980–2000 (pages 6781–6794)

      Mar Gómez-Hernández, Anita Drumond, Luis Gimeno and Ricardo Garcia-Herrera

      Article first published online: 21 OCT 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/wrcr.20538

      Key Points

      • The seasonal variability of moisture sources in the Mediterranean was studied
      • Moisture sources show in general a seasonal variability
      • The interannual variability is limited
    5. The 2010/2011 snow season in California's Sierra Nevada: Role of atmospheric rivers and modes of large-scale variability (pages 6731–6743)

      Bin Guan, Noah P. Molotch, Duane E. Waliser, Eric J. Fetzer and Paul J. Neiman

      Article first published online: 17 OCT 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/wrcr.20537

      Key Points

      • The anomalously snowy winter season of 2010/11 in the Sierra Nevada is analyzed.
      • An exceptionally large number of atmospheric rivers occurred during the season.
      • The increased AR occurrence is attributed to the joint phasing of AO and PNA.
    6. Influence of Madden-Julian Oscillation on water budget transported by the Somali low-level jet and the associated Indian summer monsoon rainfall (pages 6474–6485)

      Paulina Ordonez, Pedro Ribera, David Gallego and Cristina Pena-Ortiz

      Article first published online: 9 OCT 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/wrcr.20515

      Key Points

      • The MJO modulates Somali low level jet moisture transport.
    7. Role of continental recycling in intraseasonal variations of continental moisture as deduced from model simulations and water vapor isotopic measurements (pages 4136–4156)

      Camille Risi, David Noone, Christian Frankenberg and John Worden

      Article first published online: 22 JUL 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/wrcr.20312

      Key Points

      • estimation of role of continental recycling
      • water isotopes reflect continental recycling over tropical land
      • comparison with GOSAT and TES
    8. Oceanic sources of continental precipitation and the correlation with sea surface temperature (pages 3993–4004)

      Rudi J. van der Ent and Hubert H. G. Savenije

      Article first published online: 8 JUL 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/wrcr.20296

      Key Points

      • New way of identifying global oceanic sources of continental precipitation.
      • Identification whether the sources supply precipitation nearby or remote.
      • Discussion of the significance of local SST vs. El Niño.
    9. Influence of synoptic weather events on the isotopic composition of atmospheric moisture in a coastal city of the western United States (pages 3685–3696)

      James Farlin, Chun-Ta Lai and Kei Yoshimura

      Article first published online: 21 JUN 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/wrcr.20305

      Key Points

      • Atmospheric mixing controls isotope variability in near-surface water vapor
      • Marine vapor of tropical origin supplies atmospheric humidity in southern CA
      • Isotope data reveal changes in surface wetness and evapotranspiration
  3. Research Articles

    1. Top of page
    2. Introduction to a Special Collection
    3. Regular Articles
    4. Research Articles
    5. Technical Notes
    1. The role of the ENSO cycle in the modulation of moisture transport from major oceanic moisture sources (pages 1046–1058)

      Rodrigo Castillo, Raquel Nieto, Anita Drumond and Luis Gimeno

      Article first published online: 6 FEB 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/2013WR013900

      Key Points

      • ENSO modulates the transport of moisture from the major oceanic sources
      • Coherence with variations of the large-scale atmospheric and precipitation systems
      • Most of moisture sources keep position and extension stationary along the ENSO cycle
  4. Technical Notes

    1. Top of page
    2. Introduction to a Special Collection
    3. Regular Articles
    4. Research Articles
    5. Technical Notes
    1. A catalog of moisture sources for continental climatic regions (pages 5322–5328)

      Raquel Nieto, Rodrigo Castillo, Anita Drumond and Luis Gimeno

      Article first published online: 24 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/2013WR013901

      Key Points

      • Moisture sources for two continental climate regionalization schemes
      • Role of major teleconnections on moisture transport
      • Influence of the hot spot source regions over climatic regions

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