Articles | Volume 20, issue 1
Research article
15 Jan 2024
Research article |  | 15 Jan 2024

The Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation is responsible for the linkage of decadal changes in precipitation and moisture in arid central Asia and the humid Asian monsoon region during the last millennium

Hongna Xu, Tao Wang, and Huijun Wang

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Reanalysis data and simulations show, during the last millennium, that the evolution of precipitation in central Asia is out of phase (in phase) with that in the South Asian monsoon region and most of northern China (southern China) on a decadal scale. This linkage of precipitation changes in arid central Asia and humid monsoonal Asia is dominated by internal variability associated with the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation and causes a similar linkage of moisture changes in the two regions.