Mid-Pliocene East Asian monsoon climate simulated in the PlioMIP

Zhang, Ran; Yan, Qing; Zhang, Zhongshi S.; Jiang, Dabang; Otto-Bliesner, Bette L.; Haywood, Alan M.; Hill, Daniel J.; Dolan, Aisling M.; Stepanek, Christian; Lohmann, Gerrit; Contoux, Camille; Bragg, Fran J.; Chan, Wing-Le; Chandler, Mark A.; Jost, Anne; Kamae, Youichi; Abe-Ouchi, Ayako; Ramstein, Gilles; Rosenbloom, Nan A.; Sohl, Linda; Ueda, Hiroaki. 2013 Mid-Pliocene East Asian monsoon climate simulated in the PlioMIP. Climate of the Past, 9. 2085-2099.

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Based on the simulations with fifteen climate models in the Pliocene Model Intercomparison Project (PlioMIP), the regional climate of East Asia (focusing on China) during the mid-Pliocene is investigated in this study. Compared to the pre-industrial, the multi-model ensemble mean (MMM) of all models shows the East Asian summer wind (EASW) largely strengthens in monsoon China, and the East Asian winter wind (EAWW) strengthens in south monsoon China but slightly weakens in north monsoon China in mid-Pliocene. The MMM of all models also illustrates a warmer and wetter mid-Pliocene climate in China. The simulated weakened mid-Pliocene EAWW in north monsoon China and intensified EASW in monsoon China agree well with geological reconstructions. However, the model-model discrepancy in simulating mid-Pliocene East Asian monsoon climate, in particular EAWW, should be further addressed in the future work of PlioMIP.

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