Temperature response in the Altai region lags solar forcing
Article first published online: 15 JAN 2009
Copyright 2009 by the American Geophysical Union.
Geophysical Research Letters
Volume 36, Issue 1, January 2009
How to Cite
2009), Temperature response in the Altai region lags solar forcing, Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L01808, doi:10.1029/2008GL035930., , , , , , , and (
- Issue published online: 15 JAN 2009
- Article first published online: 15 JAN 2009
- Manuscript Accepted: 5 DEC 2008
- Manuscript Revised: 1 DEC 2008
- Manuscript Received: 6 SEP 2008
- ice core;
- oxygen isotope;
- climate forcing
 The role of the sun on Earth's climate variability is still much debated. Here we present an ice core oxygen isotope record from the continental Siberian Altai, serving as a high-resolution temperature proxy for the last 750 years. The strong correlation between reconstructed temperature and solar activity suggests solar forcing as a main driver for temperature variations during the period 1250–1850 in this region. The precisely dated record allowed for the identification of a 10–30 year lag between solar forcing and temperature response, underlining the importance of indirect sun-climate mechanisms involving ocean-induced changes in atmospheric circulation. Solar contribution to temperature change became less important during industrial period 1850–2000 in the Altai region.