Articles | Volume 7, issue 3
Clim. Past, 7, 685–692, 2011
Clim. Past, 7, 685–692, 2011

Research article 04 Jul 2011

Research article | 04 Jul 2011

Climate patterns in north central China during the last 1800 yr and their possible driving force

L. Tan1, Y. Cai1,2, Z. An1, L. Yi3, H. Zhang1, and S. Qin1 L. Tan et al.
  • 1State Key Laboratory of Loess and Quaternary Geology, Institute of Earth Environment, CAS, Xi'an, 710075, China
  • 2Institute of Global Environmental Change, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, 710049, China
  • 3Key Laboratory of Marine Sedimentology and Environmental Geology, First Institute of Oceanography, SOA, Qingdao, 266061, China

Abstract. We synthesized high-resolution precisely-dated stalagmite records and historical document records from north central China to reconstruct a decadal resolution precipitation record during the last 1800 years (190–1980 AD). The synthesized precipitation record shows coincident variations and significant positive correlations with the temperature reconstructions on centennial- to multidecadal-scale, suggesting warm-humid/cool-dry was the main climate pattern in north central China over the past 1800 years. Solar activity may be the dominant force that drove the same-phase variations of the temperature and precipitation in north central China.