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Eurasian snow cover variability in relation to warming trend and Arctic Oscillation

Title
Eurasian snow cover variability in relation to warming trend and Arctic Oscillation
Authors
Yeo, Sae-RimKim, WonMooKim, Kwang-Yul
Ewha Authors
김원무
SCOPUS Author ID
김원무scopus
Issue Date
2017
Journal Title
CLIMATE DYNAMICS
ISSN
0930-7575JCR Link1432-0894JCR Link
Citation
vol. 48, no. 42737.0, pp. 499 - 511
Keywords
Eurasian snow cover extentGlobal warmingArctic OscillationCyclostationary EOF
Publisher
SPRINGER
Indexed
SCI; SCIE; SCOPUS WOS scopus
Abstract
Two distinct modes of snow cover variability over Eurasia are investigated using cyclostationary empirical orthogonal function (CSEOF) analysis. The first mode of Eurasian snow cover extent (SCE) represents a seasonally asymmetric trend between spring and fall. The spring SCE shows a decreasing trend, while the fall SCE particularly in October exhibits a clear increasing trend. This seasonally asymmetric trend of SCE is closely linked to Arctic sea ice decline accompanied by warming in the northern Eurasia. The decreased SCE during spring is primarily attributed to the warm air temperature anomalies, while the increased SCE in October results from the loss of sea ice and the ensuing moisture transport to the atmosphere, which is realized as increased snow in October. The second mode of Eurasian SCE, on the other hand, is closely related to Arctic Oscillation (AO), which is a dominant mode of Northern Hemisphere atmospheric variability. The snow cover variability over Europe during winter is largely affected by AO variability, rather than the warming signal represented by the first CSEOF mode. Detailed descriptions of the two distinct modes of Eurasian SCE and their interactions with oceanic and atmospheric variables are presented along with possible implications for future climate.
DOI
10.1007/s00382-016-3089-4
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