The impacts of orbital parameters on summer precipitation over China in the Holocene

Jian-Bin Huang, Shao-Wu Wang, Xin-Yu Wen, Tian-Jun Zhou, Jin-Hong Zhu, Bao Yang, Guo-Yu Ren

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The impact of orbital parameters on the climate of China in the Holocene is simulated from 11kaBP to 0kaBP with an interval of 1ka using National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Community Atmosphere Model version 2 (CAM2). The geographic distributions of summer precipitation around both 9kaBP and 4kaBP were realistically captured by CAM2, compared to the proxy data collected from 80 stations. Among all orbital parameters, the precession plays a major role in computing solar radiation, which dominates the variations of summer precipitation over China during the Holocene. The summers around 9kaBP were the wettest in China. Later on, the precipitation gradually reduced to the minimum around 0kaBP by about 10%. This tremendous change occurred from the Northeast China and the eastern Inner Mongolia extending southwestwards to the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, especially over the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-112
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Tropical Meteorology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2011


  • ISWS
  • Orbital parameters
  • Climate simulation
  • Holocene
  • Climate humidity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atmospheric Science

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