Eight centuries of North Atlantic ocean atmosphere variabitity

David E. Black, Larry C. Peterson, Jonathan T. Overpeck, Alexey Kaplan, Michael N. Evans, Michaele Kashgarian

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Climate in the tropical North Atlantic is controlled largely by variations in the strength of the trade winds, the position of the Intertropical Convergence Zone, and sea surface temperatures. A high- resolution study of Caribbean sediments provides a subdecadally resolved record of tropical upwelling and trade wind variability spanning the past 825 years. These results confirm the importance of a decadal (12- to 13-year) mode of Atlantic variability believed to be driven by coupled tropical ocean- atmosphere dynamics. Although a well-defined interdecadal mode of variability does not appear to be characteristic of the tropical Atlantic, there is evidence that century-scale variability is substantial. The tropical Atlantic may also have been involved in a major shift in Northern Hemisphere climate variability that took place about 700 years ago.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1709-1713
Number of pages5
Issue number5445
StatePublished - Nov 26 1999

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