Solar control of southwest monsoon on centennial timescales

M. Tiwari, R. Ramesh, B. L.K. Somayajulu, A. J.T. Jull, G. S. Burr

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Solar forcing is proposed to be a major governing factor for the southwest monsoon (SWM) strength during the Holocene. The southeastern Arabian Sea is significantly affected by monsoon run-off and is an ideal testing ground. We analysed stable oxygen isotopic composition (δ18O) of three species of planktonic foraminifera (Globigerinoides ruber, Gs. sacculifer and Globarotalia menardii) with high time-resolution (∼ 50 yrs) in a sediment core raised from the region, and documented past variations in SWM precipitation. High-resolution isotopic and spectral analyses show that solar forcing indeed played a major role in governing the past variations in SWM precipitation on centennial timescales.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1583-1588
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Science
Issue number9
StatePublished - Nov 10 2005


  • Arabian Sea
  • Foraminifera
  • Monsoon
  • Solar forcing
  • Stable isotopes

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  • General


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