Decadal variability in snow cover over the Tibetan Plateau during the last two centuries
Article first published online: 21 MAY 2011
Copyright 2011 by the American Geophysical Union.
Geophysical Research Letters
Volume 38, Issue 10, May 2011
How to Cite
2011), Decadal variability in snow cover over the Tibetan Plateau during the last two centuries, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L10703, doi:10.1029/2011GL047288., , and (
- Issue published online: 21 MAY 2011
- Article first published online: 21 MAY 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 12 APR 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 11 APR 2011
- Manuscript Received: 2 MAR 2011
- snow cover
 Based on the coherency in decadal variability between the ice core data and the observed snow cover over the Tibetan Plateau during recent decades, we used three available ice core data to characterize the snow cover variability of the last 200 years. The analysis suggests that the snow cover exhibits significant decadal variability with major shifts around 1840s, 1880s, 1920s, and 1960s. Its variations are found to be closely correlated with the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation: Cool/warm phases coincide with large/small snow cover. A plausible mechanism linking the North Atlantic climate to Asian monsoon is presented.