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https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-11-339-2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-11-339-2015
Research article
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25 Feb 2015
Research article |  | 25 Feb 2015

East Asian Monsoon controls on the inter-annual variability in precipitation isotope ratio in Japan

N. Kurita, Y. Fujiyoshi, T. Nakayama, Y. Matsumi, and H. Kitagawa

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This study demonstrates that the intensity of the East Asian summer and winter monsoon is the primary driver of variations of summer and winter precipitation isotopes in central Japan. Japan lies in the northeast limits of the East Asian monsoon region. Understanding the past monsoon changes in Japan is important for determining whether the isotopic variability recorded in Chinese stalagmite reflects the East Asian summer monsoon intensity or rainfall variability in the Indian summer monsoon.