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Climate of the Past An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union

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Clim. Past, 7, 685-692, 2011
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Research article
04 Jul 2011
Climate patterns in north central China during the last 1800 yr and their possible driving force
L. Tan1, Y. Cai1,2, Z. An1, L. Yi3, H. Zhang1, and S. Qin1 1State Key Laboratory of Loess and Quaternary Geology, Institute of Earth Environment, CAS, Xi'an, 710075, China
2Institute of Global Environmental Change, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, 710049, China
3Key Laboratory of Marine Sedimentology and Environmental Geology, First Institute of Oceanography, SOA, Qingdao, 266061, China
Abstract. We synthesized high-resolution precisely-dated stalagmite records and historical document records from north central China to reconstruct a decadal resolution precipitation record during the last 1800 years (190–1980 AD). The synthesized precipitation record shows coincident variations and significant positive correlations with the temperature reconstructions on centennial- to multidecadal-scale, suggesting warm-humid/cool-dry was the main climate pattern in north central China over the past 1800 years. Solar activity may be the dominant force that drove the same-phase variations of the temperature and precipitation in north central China.

Citation: Tan, L., Cai, Y., An, Z., Yi, L., Zhang, H., and Qin, S.: Climate patterns in north central China during the last 1800 yr and their possible driving force, Clim. Past, 7, 685-692, doi:10.5194/cp-7-685-2011, 2011.
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