Articles | Volume 16, issue 6
Clim. Past, 16, 2239–2254, 2020
Clim. Past, 16, 2239–2254, 2020

Research article 19 Nov 2020

Research article | 19 Nov 2020

Synergy of the westerly winds and monsoons in the lake evolution of global closed basins since the Last Glacial Maximum and implications for hydrological change in central Asia

Yu Li and Yuxin Zhang

Data sets

TraCE-21ka dataset NCAR

ESGF@DOE/LLNL Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

HydroBASINS Version 1.0 WWF

Short summary
Monsoons and westerly winds interact with each other in the middle to low latitudes. We track millennial-scale evolution characteristics of monsoons and westerly winds over the past 21 000 years. In the monsoon-dominated regions of Asia, a humid climate prevails in the past 6000–10 000 years, while in the westerly-wind-dominated regions of Asia, the climate is relatively humid around 21 000 years and 6000 years ago.