Articles | Volume 18, issue 5
Research article
06 May 2022
Research article |  | 06 May 2022

Humidity changes and possible forcing mechanisms over the last millennium in arid Central Asia

Shengnan Feng, Xingqi Liu, Feng Shi, Xin Mao, Yun Li, and Jiaping Wang

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We present a continuous humidity history in arid Central Asia over the past millennium based on the ~1.8-year high-resolution multiproxy record from Lake Dalongchi. Our findings emphasize that the Gleissberg solar cycle and quasi-regular period of ENSO amplitude play critical roles in controlling the effective humidity at century and multidecadal timescales, respectively. Our analysis provides new insights for hydroclimate predictions and climate simulations in arid Central Asia in the future.