Articles | Volume 19, issue 2
Research article
27 Feb 2023
Research article |  | 27 Feb 2023

On the importance of moisture conveyor belts from the tropical eastern Pacific for wetter conditions in the Atacama Desert during the mid-Pliocene

Mark Reyers, Stephanie Fiedler, Patrick Ludwig, Christoph Böhm, Volker Wennrich, and Yaping Shao


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • CC1: 'Comment on cp-2022-72', Arthur Oldeman, 28 Sep 2022
  • RC1: 'Comment on cp-2022-72', Teresa Jordan, 30 Oct 2022
  • RC2: 'Comment on cp-2022-72', Anonymous Referee #2, 24 Nov 2022

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (22 Jan 2023) by Claudio Latorre
AR by Stephanie Fiedler on behalf of the Authors (23 Jan 2023)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (01 Feb 2023) by Claudio Latorre
Short summary
In this study we performed high-resolution climate model simulations for the hyper-arid Atacama Desert for the mid-Pliocene (3.2 Ma). The aim is to uncover the atmospheric processes that are involved in the enhancement of strong rainfall events during this period. We find that strong upper-level moisture fluxes (so-called moisture conveyor belts) originating in the tropical eastern Pacific are the main driver for increased rainfall in the mid-Pliocene.