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High Asian Icy Landscapes during warm interstadials (HAIL): coupling between monsoon intensity and past glacier culminations?

Project description

Untangling the complex interplay between different atmospheric drivers on High-Mountain Asia

The cryosphere of High-Mountain Asia (HMA) is extremely sensitive to shifts in air temperature and precipitation, with its glaciers and icecaps responding to the present warming and to fluctuating prevailing atmospheric circulation systems. One such system, the Asian monsoon, is a seasonal change in wind direction, which allows moist air from the Indian and Pacific oceans to precipitate at high elevations of HMA, feeding the cryosphere. The EU-funded HAIL project will untangle the complex interplay between different atmospheric drivers and documented glacier culminations during the past 60 000 years, focusing on an enigmatic behaviour of HMA glaciers during warm interstadial intervals. Decoupling global from regional climate drivers is important if we are to understand past changes in glaciers or predict their future fate.

Coordinator

NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU
Net EU contribution
€ 202 158,72
Address
Hogskoleringen 1
7491 Trondheim
Norway
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00