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28 Jun 2016
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Impacts of Tibetan Plateau uplift on atmospheric dynamics and associated precipitation δ18O

Svetlana Botsyun, Pierre Sepulchre, Camille Risi, and Yannick Donnadieu

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We use an isotope-equipped GCM and develop original theoretical expression for the precipitation composition to assess δ18O of paleo-precipitation changes with the Tibetan Plateau uplift. We show that δ18O of precipitation is very sensitive to climate changes related to the growth of mountains, notably changes in relative humidity and precipitation amount. Topography is shown to be not an exclusive controlling factor δ18O in precipitation that have crucial consequences for paleoelevation studies