Geophysical Research Letters

Decadal climate oscillations in the Arctic: A new feedback loop for atmosphere-ice-ocean interactions

Authors

  • Lawrence A. Mysak,

    1. Centre for Climate and Global Change Research and Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada.
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  • Silvia A. Venegas

    1. Centre for Climate and Global Change Research and Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada.
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Abstract

A combined complex empirical orthogonal function analysis of 40 years of annual sea ice concentration (SIC) and winter sea level pressure (SLP) data reveals the existence of an approximately 10-year climate cycle in the Arctic and subarctic. The cycle is characterized by a clockwise propagating signal in the SIC anomalies and a standing oscillation in the SLP anomalies, the latter being linked to a fluctuation between the two phases of the North Atlantic Oscillation. To describe the formation and evolution of the SIC and SLP anomalies associated with the cycle, a simple feedback loop is proposed.

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