|Graph b shows a significant cooling of sea surface temperatures from the Holocene Climate Optimum 6,000 years ago until the end of the record ~400 years ago during the Little Ice Age
Thursday, April 17, 2014
New paper finds solar activity controlled the East Asian Monsoon over past 6,000 years
A new paper published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters finds solar variability is the "fundamental forcing" that has produced large scale changes in the East Asian winter monsoon [EAWM] over the past 6,000 years. The paper finds low solar activity correlated to a strong EAWM and cold periods, and high solar activity correlated to weak EAWM and warm periods. The EAWM has large-scale effects on climate and interacts with other global atmospheric oscillations, thus may represent another solar amplification mechanism by which tiny changes in solar activity have large-scale effects on global climate.
Posted by MS at 5:08 PM