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  • 1. Arndt, Jan Erik
    et al.
    Schenke, Hans Werner
    Jakobsson, Martin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Geological Sciences.
    Nitsche, Frank O.
    Buys, Gwen
    Goleby, Bruce
    Rebesco, Michele
    Bohoyo, Fernando
    Hong, Jongkuk
    Black, Jenny
    Greku, Rudolf
    Udintsev, Gleb
    Barrios, Felipe
    Reynoso-Peralta, Walter
    Taisei, Morishita
    Wigley, Rochelle
    The International Bathymetric Chart of the Southern Ocean (IBCSO) Version 1.0-A new bathymetric compilation covering circum-Antarctic waters2013In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 40, no 12, p. 3111-3117Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The International Bathymetric Chart of the Southern Ocean (IBCSO) Version 1.0 is a new digital bathymetric model (DBM) portraying the seafloor of the circum-Antarctic waters south of 60 degrees S. IBCSO is a regional mapping project of the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO). The IBCSO Version 1.0 DBM has been compiled from all available bathymetric data collectively gathered by more than 30 institutions from 15 countries. These data include multibeam and single-beam echo soundings, digitized depths from nautical charts, regional bathymetric gridded compilations, and predicted bathymetry. Specific gridding techniques were applied to compile the DBM from the bathymetric data of different origin, spatial distribution, resolution, and quality. The IBCSO Version 1.0 DBM has a resolution of 500 x 500 m, based on a polar stereographic projection, and is publicly available together with a digital chart for printing from the project website (www.ibcso.org) and at .

  • 2. Ball, W. T.
    et al.
    Rozanov, E.
    Alsing, J.
    Marsh, D. R.
    Tummon, F.
    Mortlock, Daniel J.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Astronomy. Imperial College London, UK.
    Kinnison, D.
    Haigh, J. D.
    The Upper Stratospheric Solar Cycle Ozone Response2019In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 46, no 3, p. 1831-1841Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The solar cycle (SC) stratospheric ozone response is thought to influence surface weather and climate. To understand the chain of processes and ensure climate models adequately represent them, it is important to detect and quantify an accurate SC ozone response from observations. Chemistry climate models (CCMs) and observations display a range of upper stratosphere (1-10 hPa) zonally averaged spatial responses; this and the recommended data set for comparison remains disputed. Recent data-merging advancements have led to more robust observational data. Using these data, we show that the observed SC signal exhibits an upper stratosphere U-shaped spatial structure with lobes emanating from the tropics (5-10 hPa) to high altitudes at midlatitudes (1-3 hPa). We confirm this using two independent chemistry climate models in specified dynamics mode and an idealized timeslice experiment. We recommend the BASIC(v2) ozone composite to best represent historical upper stratospheric solar variability, and that those based on SBUV alone should not be used. Plain Language Summary Changes in the output of the Sun are thought to influence surface weather and climate through a set of processes initiated by the enhancement of upper stratosphere (32-48 km) ozone. In order to understand and assess the solar impact on the climate system, it is important that models reproduce the observed solar signal. However, the recommended data set for comparison with climate models remains disputed. We use newly improved observed ozone composites to determine both why there is disagreement between composites and which is most likely to be correct. We find that artifact-corrected composites represent the response better than those based on SBUV data alone. Further, we identify a U-shaped spatial structure with lobes emanating from the tropics to high altitudes at midlatitudes. An idealized chemistry climate model experiment and simulations considering historical meteorological conditions both support this conclusion. The results are of benefit to satellite-instrument scientists and to those engaged in atmospheric and climate research using both observations and climate models. The results will be important for assessing the solar signal in currently active and future assessments of chemistry climate models (e.g., Chemistry-Climate Model Initiative). We recommend the BASICv2 ozone composite to best represent historical upper stratospheric variability.

  • 3. Basu, N. B.
    et al.
    Destouni, G.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology (INK).
    Jawitz, J. W.
    Thompson, S. E.
    Loukinova, N. V.
    Darracq, A.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology (INK).
    Zanardo, S.
    Yaeger, M.
    Sivapalan, M.
    Rinaldo, A.
    Rao, P. S. C.
    Nutrient loads exported from managed catchments reveal emergent biogeochemical stationarity2010In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 37, no L23404Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Complexity of heterogeneous catchments poses challenges in predicting biogeochemical responses to human alterations and stochastic hydro‐climatic drivers. Human interferences and climate change may have contributed to the demise of hydrologic stationarity, but our synthesis of a large body of observational data suggests that anthropogenic impacts have also resulted in the emergence of effective biogeochemical stationarity in managed catchments. Long‐term monitoring data from the Mississippi‐Atchafalaya River Basin (MARB) and the Baltic Sea Drainage Basin (BSDB) reveal that inter‐annual variations in loads (LT) for total‐N (TN) and total‐P (TP), exported from a catchment are dominantly controlled by discharge (QT) leading inevitably to temporal invariance of the annual, flow‐weighted concentration, = (LT/QT). Emergence of this consistent pattern across diverse managed catchments is attributed to the anthropogenic legacy of accumulated nutrient sources generating memory, similar to ubiquitously present sources for geogenic constituents that also exhibit a linear LTQT relationship. These responses are characteristic of transport‐limited systems. In contrast, in the absence of legacy sources in less‐managed catchments, values were highly variable and supply limited. We offer a theoretical explanation for the observed patterns at the event scale, and extend it to consider the stochastic nature of rainfall/flow patterns at annual scales. Our analysis suggests that: (1) expected inter‐annual variations in LT can be robustly predicted given discharge variations arising from hydro‐climatic or anthropogenic forcing, and (2) water‐quality problems in receiving inland and coastal waters would persist until the accumulated storages of nutrients have been substantially depleted. The finding has notable implications on catchment management to mitigate adverse water‐quality impacts, and on acceleration of global biogeochemical cycles.

  • 4.
    Bulatovic, Ines
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    Ekman, Annica M. L.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    Savre, J.
    Riipinen, Ilona
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry. Tampere University of Technology, Finland.
    Leck, Caroline
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    Aerosol Indirect Effects in Marine Stratocumulus: The Importance of Explicitly Predicting Cloud Droplet Activation2019In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 46, no 6, p. 3473-3481Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Climate models generally simulate a unidirectional, positive liquid water path (LWP) response to increasing aerosol number concentration. However, satellite observations and large-eddy simulations show that the LWP may either increase or decrease with increasing aerosol concentration, influencing the overall magnitude of the aerosol indirect effect (AIE). We use large-eddy simulation to investigate the LWP response of a marine stratocumulus cloud and its dependence on different parameterizations for obtaining cloud droplet number concentration (CDNC). The simulations confirm that the LWP response is not always positiveregardless of CDNC treatment. However, the AIE simulated with the model version with prescribed CDNC is almost 3 times larger compared to the version with prognostic CDNC. The reason is that the CDNC in the prognostic scheme varies in time due to supersaturation fluctuations, collection, and other microphysical processes. A substantial spread in simulated AIE may thus arise simply due to the CDNC treatment. Plain Language Summary Our poor understanding of aerosol-cloud-radiation interactions (aerosol indirect effects) results in a major uncertainty in estimates of anthropogenic aerosol forcing. In climate models, the cloud water response to an increased aerosol number concentration may be especially uncertain as models simplify, or do not account for, processes that affect the cloud droplet number concentration and the total amount of cloud water. In this study, we employ large-eddy simulation to explore how different model descriptions for obtaining the number concentration of cloud droplets influences the cloud water response of a marine stratocumulus cloud and thus the simulated aerosol indirect effect. Our simulations show a qualitatively similar cloud water response regardless of model description: the total amount of cloud water increases first and then decreases with increasing aerosol concentration. However, the simulated aerosol indirect effect is almost 3 times as large when the number concentration of cloud droplets is prescribed compared to when it is dependent on the calculated supersaturation and other microphysical processes such as collisions between cloud droplets. Our findings show that a relatively simple difference in the treatment of the number concentration of cloud droplets in climate models may result in a significant spread in the simulated aerosol indirect effect.

  • 5. Chafik, L.
    et al.
    Hakkinen, S.
    England, M. H.
    Carton, J. A.
    Nigam, S.
    Ruiz-Barradas, A.
    Hannachi, Abdelwaheb
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    Miller, L.
    Global linkages originating from decadal oceanic variability in the subpolar North Atlantic2016In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 43, no 20, p. 10909-10919Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The anomalous decadal warming of the subpolar North Atlantic Ocean (SPNA), and the northward spreading of this warm water, has been linked to rapid Arctic sea ice loss and more frequent cold European winters. Recently, variations in this heat transport have also been reported to covary with global warming slowdown/acceleration periods via a Pacific climate response. We here examine the role of SPNA temperature variability in this Atlantic-Pacific climate connectivity. We find that the evolution of ocean heat content anomalies from the subtropics to the subpolar region, likely due to ocean circulation changes, coincides with a basin-wide Atlantic warming/cooling. This induces an Atlantic-Pacific sea surface temperature seesaw, which in turn, strengthens/weakens the Walker circulation and amplifies the Pacific decadal variability that triggers pronounced global-scale atmospheric circulation anomalies. We conclude that the decadal oceanic variability in the SPNA is an essential component of the tropical interactions between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

  • 6.
    Chafik, Léon
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    Rossby, T.
    Volume, Heat, and Freshwater Divergences in the Subpolar North Atlantic Suggest the Nordic Seas as Key to the State of the Meridional Overturning Circulation2019In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 46, no 9, p. 4799-4808Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The meridional overturning circulation (MOC) decreases rapidly in subpolar and Nordic regions where the warm upper layer loses its buoyancy due to intense heat loss, sinks, and flows south. The major volume loss of the upper limb of the MOC, similar to 9.6 Sv out of 18.4 +/- 3.4 Sv, occurs as subduction across the Iceland Basin and Irminger Sea while the major heat loss, 273 TW out of 395 +/- 74 TW is associated with the MOC branch that continues into the Nordic Seas where North Atlantic deep overflow water is produced. The 122 +/- 79 TW heat flux convergence in the subpolar gyre appears to be significantly larger than various estimates of heat loss to the atmosphere. Much of the 0.09 +/- 0.02 Sv freshwater divergence is presumably balanced by runoff from the Greenland shelf. These estimates suggest that the Nordic Seas, not the Labrador Sea, are key to the state of the MOC. Plain language summary The meridional overturning circulation is a two-dimensional view of the flow north of upper-ocean warm water and its return south as cold deep and intermediate water. But the actual pathways of warm-to-cold conversion are several and remarkably diverse: One branch continues into the Nordic Seas where very dense water is produced and eventually spills back into the deep North Atlantic, another branch weaves its way around the entire subpolar basin and the southern tip of Greenland to the Labrador Sea where intermediate water is formed, and the third branch is an overturning that takes place within the subpolar waters between Greenland and Scotland. Volumetrically, this is the largest branch, but in terms of heat loss the Nordic Seas, branch surrenders far more heat to the atmosphere than the other two combined. It thus plays the key role in maintaining a strong meridional overturning circulation.

  • 7.
    Chen, Hans W.
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology . Penn State University .
    Zhang, Qiong
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology . Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology.
    Körnich, Heiner
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology . Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute.
    Chen, Deliang
    A robust mode of climate variability in the Arctic: The Barents Oscillation2013In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 40, no 11, p. 2856-2861Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The Barents Oscillation (BO) is an anomalous wintertime atmospheric circulation pattern in the Northern Hemisphere that has been linked to the meridional flow over the Nordic Seas. There are speculations that the BO has important implications for the Arctic climate; however, it has also been suggested that the pattern is an artifact of Empirical Orthogonal Function (EOF) analysis due to an eastward shift of the Arctic Oscillation/North Atlantic Oscillation (AO/NAO). In this study, EOF analyses are performed to show that a robust pattern resembling the BO can be found during different time periods, even when the AO/NAO is relatively stationary. This BO has a high and stable temporal correlation with the geostrophic zonal wind over the Barents Sea, while the contribution from the AO/NAO is small. The surface air temperature anomalies over the Barents Sea are closely associated with this mode of climate variability.

  • 8. Chen, Long
    et al.
    Zhang, Yanxu
    Jacob, Daniel J.
    Soerensen, Anne L.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry. Harvard University, USA.
    Fisher, Jenny A.
    Horowitz, Hannah M.
    Corbitt, Elizabeth S.
    Wang, Xuejun
    A decline in Arctic Ocean mercury suggested by differences in decadal trends of atmospheric mercury between the Arctic and northern midlatitudes2015In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 42, no 14, p. 6076-6083Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Atmospheric mercury (Hg) in the Arctic shows much weaker or insignificant annual declines relative to northern midlatitudes over the past decade (2000-2009) but with strong seasonality in trends. We use a global ocean-atmosphere model of Hg (GEOS-Chem) to simulate these observed trends and determine the driving environmental variables. The atmospheric decline at northern midlatitudes can largely be explained by decreasing North Atlantic oceanic evasion. The midlatitude atmospheric signal propagates to the Arctic but is countered by rapid Arctic warming and declining sea ice, which suppresses deposition and promotes oceanic evasion over the Arctic Ocean. The resulting simulation implies a decline of Hg in the Arctic surface ocean that we estimate to be -0.67%yr(-1) over the study period. Rapid Arctic warming and declining sea ice are projected for future decades and would drive a sustained decline in Arctic Ocean Hg, potentially alleviating the methylmercury exposure risk for northern populations.

  • 9.
    Colleoni, Florence
    et al.
    Joseph Fourier University, France.
    Krinner, Gerhard
    Joseph Fourier University, France.
    Jaobsson, Martin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Geology and Geochemistry.
    Sensitivity of the Late Saalian (140 kyrs BP) and LGM (21 kyrs BP) Eurasian ice sheet surface mass balance to vegetation feedbacks2009In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 36, article id L08704Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This work uses an atmospheric general circulation model (AGCM) asynchronously coupled to an equilibrium vegetation model to investigate whether vegetation feedbacks could be one of the reasons why the Late Saalian ice sheet (140 kyrs BP) in Eurasia was substantially larger than the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM, 21 kyrs BP) Eurasian ice sheet. The modeled vegetation changes induce a regional cooling for the Late Saalian while they cause a slight regional warming for LGM. As a result, ablation along the margins of the Late Saalian ice sheet is significantly reduced, leading to an increased surface mass balance, while there are no significant mass balance changes observed from vegetation feedbacks at LGM.

  • 10. D'Arrigo, Rosanne
    et al.
    Palmer, Jonathan
    Ummenhofer, Caroline C.
    Kyaw, Nyi Nyi
    Krusic, Paul
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology.
    Three centuries of Myanmar monsoon climate variability inferred from teak tree rings2011In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 38, p. L24705-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Asian monsoon extremes critically impact much of the globe's population. Key gaps in our understanding of monsoon climate remain due to sparse coverage of paleoclimatic information, despite intensified recent efforts. Here we describe a ring width chronology of teak, one of the first high-resolution proxy records for the nation of Myanmar. Based on 29 samples from 20 living trees and spanning from 1613-2009, this record, from the Maingtha forest reserve north of Mandalay, helps fill a substantial gap in spatial coverage of paleoclimatic records for monsoon Asia. Teak growth is positively correlated with rainfall and Palmer Drought Severity Index variability over Myanmar, during and prior to the May-September monsoon season (e. g., r = 0.38 with Yangon rainfall, 0.001, n 68). Importantly, this record also correlates significantly with larger-scale climate indices, including core Indian rainfall (23 degrees N, 76 degrees E; a particularly sensitive index of the monsoon), and the El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO). The teak ring width value following the so-called 1997-98 El Nino of the Century suggests that this was one of the most severe droughts in the past similar to 300 years in Myanmar. Evidence for past dry conditions inferred for Myanmar is consistent with tree-ring records of decadal megadroughts developed for Thailand and Vietnam. These results confirm the climate signature related to monsoon rainfall in the Myanmar teak record and the considerable potential for future development of climate-sensitive chronologies from Myanmar and the broader region of monsoon Asia.

  • 11. Dawkins, E. C. M.
    et al.
    Plane, J. M. C.
    Chipperfield, M. P.
    Feng, W.
    Gumbel, Jörg
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    Hedin, Jonas
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    Höffner, J.
    Friedman, J. S.
    First global observations of the mesospheric potassium layer2014In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 41, no 15, p. 5653-5661Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Metal species, produced by meteoric ablation, act as useful tracers of upper atmosphere dynamics and chemistry. Of these meteoric metals, K is an enigma: at extratropical latitudes, limited available lidar data show that the K layer displays a semiannual seasonal variability, rather than the annual pattern seen in other metals such as Na and Fe. Here we present the first near-global K retrieval, where K atom number density profiles are derived from dayglow measurements made by the Optical Spectrograph and Infrared Imager System spectrometer on board the Odin satellite. This robust retrieval produces density profiles with typical layer peak errors of 15% and a 2km vertical grid resolution. We demonstrate that these retrieved profiles compare well with available lidar data and show for the first time that the unusual semiannual behavior is near-global in extent. This new data set has wider applications for improving understanding of the K chemistry and of related upper atmosphere processes.

  • 12.
    De Boer, Agatha M.
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Geological Sciences.
    Hogg, Andrew McC.
    Control of the glacial carbon budget by topographically induced mixing2014In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 41, no 12, p. 4277-4284Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Evidence for the oceanic uptake of atmospheric CO2 during glaciations suggests that there was less production of southern origin deep water but, paradoxically, a larger volume of southern origin water than today. Here we demonstrate, using a theoretical box model, that the inverse relationship between volume and production rate of this water mass can be explained by invoking mixing rates in the deep ocean that are proportional to topographic outcropping area scaled with ocean floor slope. Furthermore, we show that the resulting profile, of a near-linear decrease in mixing intensity away from the bottom, generates a positive feedback on CO2 uptake that can initiate a glacial cycle. The results point to the importance of using topography-dependent mixing when studying the large-scale ocean circulation, especially in the paleo-intercomparison models that have failed to produce the weaker and more voluminous bottom water of the Last Glacial Maximum.

  • 13.
    Destouni, Georgia
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology.
    Asokan, Shilpa M.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology.
    Jarsjö, Jerker
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology.
    Inland hydro-climatic interaction: Effects of human water use on regional climate2010In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 37, no 18, p. L18402-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study has quantified the regional evaporation and evapotranspiration changes, and the associated latent heat flux and surface temperature changes in the Central Asian region of the Aral Sea drainage basin and the Aral Sea itself from the pre-1950 period of the 20th century to 1983-2002. The human water use for irrigation yielded an average regional cooling effect of -0.6 degrees C due to increased evapotranspiration and latent heat flux from the irrigated land. The runoff water diverted for irrigation was more than 80% of the pre-1950 runoff into the terminal Aral Sea, and was largely lost from the regional water system by the evapotranspiration increase. The Aral Sea shrank due to this water loss, resulting in decreased evaporation and latent heat flux from the pre-1950 Aral Sea area extent, with an average regional warming effect of 0.5 degrees C. In general, the endorheic (land-internal) runoff and relative consumptive use of irrigation water from that runoff determine the relative inland water area shrinkage, its warming effect, and to what extent the warming counteracts the cooling effect of irrigation. Citation: Destouni, G., S. M. Asokan, and J. Jarsjo (2010), Inland hydro-climatic interaction: Effects of human water use on regional climate.

  • 14. Dikpati, Mausumi
    et al.
    Anderson, Jeffrey L.
    Mitra, Dhrubaditya
    Stockholm University, Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (Nordita).
    Ensemble Kalman filter data assimilation in a Babcock-Leighton solar dynamo model: An observation system simulation experiment for reconstructing meridional flow speed2014In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 41, no 15, p. 5361-5369Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Accurate knowledge of time variation in meridional flow speed and profile is crucial for estimating the solar cycle's features, which are ultimately responsible for causing space climate variations. However, no consensus has been reached yet about the Sun's meridional circulation pattern observations and theories. By implementing an ensemble Kalman filter (EnKF) data assimilation in a Babcock-Leighton solar dynamo model using Data Assimilation Research Testbed framework, we find that the best reconstruction of time variation in meridional flow speed can be obtained when 10 or more observations are used with an updating time of 15 days and a 10% observational error. Increasing ensemble size from 16 to 160 improves reconstruction. Comparison of reconstructed flow speed with true state reveals that EnKF data assimilation is very powerful for reconstructing meridional flow speeds and suggests that it can be implemented for reconstructing spatiotemporal patterns of meridional circulation.

  • 15.
    do Carmo, J.B:
    et al.
    Univ Sao Paulo.
    Keller, M.
    USDA Forest Service.
    Dias, J.D.
    Univ Sao Paulo.
    de Carmago, P.B:
    Univ Sao Paulo.
    Crill, Patrick
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Geology and Geochemistry.
    A source of methane from upland forests in the Brazilian Amazon.2006In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 33, no L04809Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We sampled air in the canopy layer of undisturbed upland forests during wet and dry seasons at three sites in the Brazilian Amazon region and found that both methane (CH4) and carbon dioxide (CO2) mixing ratios increased at night. Such increases were consistent across sites and seasons. A canopy layer budget model based on measured soil-atmosphere fluxes of CO2 was constructed to estimate ecosystem CH4 emission. We estimate that net CH4 emission in upland forests ranged from 2 to 21 mg CH4 m−2 d−1. While the origin of this CH4 source is unknown, these ground based measurements are consistent with recent findings based on satellite observations that indicate a large, unidentified source of CH4 in tropical forest regions.

  • 16.
    Eilola, K.
    et al.
    Swedish Meteorol & Hydrol Inst, S-60176 Norrköping, Sweden.
    Mårtensson, Sebastian
    Swedish Meteorol & Hydrol Inst, S-60176 Norrköping, Sweden.
    Meier, Markus
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology . Swedish Meteorol & Hydrol Inst, S-60176 Norrköping, Sweden.
    Modeling the impact of reduced sea ice cover in future climate on the Baltic Sea biogeochemistry2013In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 40, no 1, p. 149-154Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In a warming future climate, the sea ice cover is expected to decrease, with very likely large consequences for the marine ecosystem. We investigated the impact of future sea ice retreat on the Baltic Sea biogeochemistry at the end of the century, using an ensemble of regionalized global climate simulations. We found that the spring bloom will start by up to one month earlier and winds and wave-induced resuspension will increase, causing an increased transport of nutrients from the productive coastal zone into the deeper areas. The internal nutrient fluxes do not necessarily increase because they also depend on oxygen and temperature conditions of the bottom water. Winter mixing increases in areas having reduced ice cover and in areas having reduced stratification due to increased freshwater supply. The reduced sea ice cover therefore partly counteracts eutrophication because increased vertical mixing improves oxygen conditions in lower layers.

  • 17.
    Ekman, Annica
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    Krejci, Radovan
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    Engström, Anders
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    Ström, Johan
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Applied Environmental Science (ITM).
    de Reus, Marian
    Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany.
    Williams, Jonathan
    Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany.
    Andreae, Meinrat
    Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany.
    Do organics contribute to small particle formation in the Amazonian upper troposphere?2008In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 35, no L17810, p. 5-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    3-D cloud-resolving model simulations including explicit aerosol physics and chemistry are compared with observations of upper tropospheric (12 km) aerosol size distributions over the Amazon Basin. The model underestimates the aerosol number concentration for all modes, especially the nucleation mode (d < 18 nm). We show that a boundary layer SO2 mixing ratio of approximately 5 ppb would be needed in order to reproduce the high nucleation mode number concentrations observed. This high SO2 mixing ratio is very unlikely for the pristine Amazon Basin at this time of the year. Hence, it is suggested that vapours other than H2SO4 participate in the formation and growth of small aerosols. Using activation nucleation theory together with a small (0.4–10%) secondary organic aerosol mass yield, we show that isoprene has the potential of substantially increasing the number of small particles formed as well as reducing the underestimate for the larger aerosol modes.

  • 18.
    Engström, Anders
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    Bender, Frida A.-M.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    Charlson, R. J.
    Wood, R.
    The nonlinear relationship between albedo and cloud fraction on near-global, monthly mean scale in observations and in the CMIP5 model ensemble2015In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 42, no 21, p. 9571-9578Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We study the relation between monthly mean albedo and cloud fraction over ocean,60∘S–60∘N. Satellite obser vations indicate that these clouds all fall on the same near-exponential curve,with a monotonic distribution over the ranges of cloud fractions and albedo. Using these observational dataas a reference, we examine the degree to which 26 climate models capture this feature of the near-globalmarine cloud population. Models show a general increase in albedo with increasing cloud fraction, but noneof them display a relation that is as well defined as that characterizing the observations. Models t ypicallydisplay larger albedo variability at a given cloud fraction, larger sensitivity in albedo to changes in cloudfraction, and lower cloud fractions. Several models also show branched distributions, contrasting with thesmooth observational relation. In the models the present-day cloud scenes are more reflective than thepreindustrial, demonstrating the simulated impact of anthropogenic aerosols on planetary albedo.

  • 19.
    Engström, Anders
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    Ekman, Annica M.L.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    Impact of meteorological factors on the correlation between aerosol optical depth and cloud fraction2010In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 37, p. L18814-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aerosol optical depth has in several recent studies been found to correlate with cloud fraction. This study examines the global distribution of the total correlation between aerosol optical depth, cloud fraction and meteorological conditions using satellite observations together with atmospheric re-analysis data from the ECMWF. The results show large regional differences in the correlation between aerosol optical depth and cloud fraction, where a higher correlation is found over remote ocean. The one meteorological variable that correlates significantly with both aerosol optical depth and cloud fraction is the 10-meter wind speed. Constructing the partial correlation between aerosol optical depth and cloud fraction, with the impact from 10-meter wind speed removed, yields a significant difference compared to the total correlation. In several regions the remaining partial correlation is reduced from 0.4 to below 0.1. The results highlight the need to investigate all possible correlations between meteorological variables, cloud properties and aerosols. Citation: Engstrom, A., and A. M. L. Ekman (2010), Impact of meteorological factors on the correlation between aerosol optical depth and cloud fraction

  • 20.
    Engström, Anders
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    Ekman, Annica M.L.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    Krejci, Radovan
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    Ström, Johan
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Applied Environmental Science (ITM).
    de Reus, Marian
    Wang, Chien
    Observational and modelling evidence of tropical deep convective clouds as a source of mid-tropospheric accumulation mode aerosols2008In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 35, p. L23813-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    High concentrations (up to 550 cm−3 STP) of aerosols in the accumulation mode (>0.12 μm) were observed by aircraft above 7.5 km altitude in the dynamically active regions of several deep convective clouds during the INDOEX campaign. Using a coupled 3-D aerosol-cloud-resolving model, we find that significant evaporation of hydrometeors due to strong updrafts and exchange with ambient air occurs at the boundaries and within the cloud tower. Assuming that each evaporated hydrometeor release an aerosol, an increase in the aerosol concentration by up to 600 cm−3 STP is found in the model at altitudes between 6 and 10 km. The evaporation and release of aerosols occur as the cloud develops, suggesting that deep convective clouds are important sources of mid-tropospheric aerosols during their active lifetime. This source may significantly impact the vertical distribution as well as long-range transport of aerosols in the free troposphere.

  • 21. Facchini, Maria Cristina
    et al.
    Rinaldi, Matteo
    Decesari, Stefano
    Carbone, Claudio
    Finessi, Emanuela
    Mircea, Mihaela
    Fuzzi, Sandro
    Ceburnis, Darius
    Flanagan, Robert
    Nilsson, E. Douglas
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Applied Environmental Science (ITM).
    de Leeuw, Gerrit
    Martino, Manuela
    Woeltjen, Janina
    O'Dowd, Colin D.
    Primary submicron marine aerosol dominated by insoluble organic colloids and aggregates2008In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 35, no 17, p. L17814-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The chemical properties of sea-spray aerosol particles produced by artificially generated bubbles using oceanic waters were investigated during a phytoplankton bloom in the North Atlantic. Spray particles exhibited a progressive increase in the organic matter ( OM) content from 3 +/- 0.4% up to 77 +/- 5% with decreasing particle diameter from 8 to 0.125 mu m. Submicron OM was almost entirely water insoluble (WIOM) and consisted of colloids and aggregates exuded by phytoplankton. Our observations indicate that size dependent transfer of sea water organic material to primary marine particles is mainly controlled by the solubility and surface tension properties of marine OM. The pattern of WIOM and sea-salt content in the different size intervals observed in bubble bursting experiments is similar to that measured in atmospheric marine aerosol samples collected during periods of high biological activity. The results point to a WIOM/sea-salt fingerprint associated with submicron primary marine aerosol production in biologically rich waters.

  • 22. Frob, F.
    et al.
    Olsen, A.
    Becker, M.
    Chafik, Léon
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology . University of Bergen, Norway.
    Johannessen, T.
    Reverdin, G.
    Omar, A.
    Wintertime fCO(2) Variability in the Subpolar North Atlantic Since 20042019In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 46, no 3, p. 1580-1590Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Winter data of surface ocean temperature (SST), salinity (SSS) and CO2 fugacity (fCO(2)) collected on the VOS M/V Nuka Arctica in the subpolar North Atlantic between 2004 and 2017 are used to establish trends, drivers, and interannual variability. Over the period, waters cooled and freshened, and the fCO(2) increased at a rate similar to the atmospheric CO2 growth rate. When accounting for the freshening, the inferred increase in dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) was found to be approximately twice that expected from atmospheric CO2 alone. This is attributed to the cooling. In the Irminger Sea, fCO(2) exhibited additional interannual variations driven by atmospheric forcing through winter mixing. As winter fCO(2) in the region is close to the atmospheric, the subpolar North Atlantic has varied between being slightly supersaturated and slightly undersaturated over the investigated period. Plain Language Summary The global oceans take up roughly a quarter of carbon dioxide (CO2) from fossil fuels and industry per year. As the emissions of CO2 increase, the amount of CO2 taken up by the oceans should increase in proportion; however, the ability of the ocean to remove CO2 from the atmosphere varies on interannual to decadal time scales. Here we assess processes that drive short-term variability and long-term trends of the subpolar North Atlantic carbon sink based on observational data obtained during winters between 2004 and 2017. We find that the subpolar North Atlantic has indeed kept pace with rising emissions over the entire period of time, which was mainly attributed to solubility-driven uptake of CO2. Year-to-year changes of the surface ocean partial pressure of CO2 can be linked to the depth of the winter mixed layer as well as atmospheric forcing. In general, the North Atlantic has shifted between a small source and a small sink of atmospheric CO2 during wintertime. Our results underline the need to maintain long-term physical, chemical, and biological observations in order monitor the ocean CO2 sink and understand the processes driving variability.

  • 23. Gagen, Mary
    et al.
    Zorita, Eduardo
    McCarroll, Danny
    Young, Giles H. F.
    Grudd, Håkan
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology.
    Jalkanen, Risto
    Loader, Neil J.
    Robertson, Iain
    Kirchhefer, Andreas
    Cloud response to summer temperatures in Fennoscandia over the last thousand years2011In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 38, p. L05701-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Cloud cover is one of the most important factors controlling the radiation balance of the Earth. The response of cloud cover to increasing global temperatures represents the largest uncertainty in model estimates of future climate because the cloud response to temperature is not well-constrained. Here we present the first regional reconstruction of summer sunshine over the past millennium, based on the stable carbon isotope ratios of pine treerings from Fennoscandia. Comparison with the regional temperature evolution reveals the Little Ice Age (LIA) to have been sunny, with cloudy conditions in the warmest periods of the Medieval at this site. A negative shortwave cloud feedback is indicated at high latitude. A millennial climate simulation suggests that regionally low temperatures during the LIA were mostly maintained by a weaker greenhouse effect due to lower humidity. Simulations of future climate that display a negative shortwave cloud feedback for high-latitudes are consistent with our proxy interpretation. Citation: Gagen, M., E. Zorita, D. McCarroll, G. H. F. Young, H. Grudd, R. Jalkanen, N. J. Loader, I. Robertson, and A. Kirchhefer (2011), Cloud response to summer temperatures in Fennoscandia over the last thousand years, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L05701, doi:10.1029/2010GL046216.

  • 24. Goodrich, Jordan P.
    et al.
    Varner, Ruth K.
    Frolking, Steve
    Duncan, Bryan N.
    Crill, Patrick M.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Geological Sciences.
    High-frequency measurements of methane ebullition over a growing season at a temperate peatland site2011In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 38, p. L07404-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Bubbles can contribute a significant fraction of methane emissions from wetlands; however the range of reported fractions is very large and accurate characterization of this pathway has proven difficult. Here we show that continuous automated flux chambers combined with an integrated cavity output spectroscopy (ICOS) instrument allow us to quantify both CH(4) ebullition rate and magnitude. For a temperate poor fen in 2009, ebullition rate varied on hourly to seasonal time scales. A diel pattern in ebullition was identified with peak release occurring between 20:00 and 06:00 local time, though steady fluxes (i.e., those with a linear increase in chamber headspace CH(4) concentration) did not exhibit diel variability. Seasonal mean ebullition rates peaked at 843.5 +/- 384.2 events m(-2) d(-1) during the summer, with a mean magnitude of 0.19 mg CH(4) released in each event.

  • 25.
    Gumbel, Jörg
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    Fan, Z. Y.
    Waldemarsson, T.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    Stegman, Jacek
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    Witt, Georg
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    Llewellyn, E. J.
    She, C. -Y
    Plane, J. M. C.
    Retrieval of global mesospheric sodium densities from the Odin satellite2007In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 34, no 4, p. L04813-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Satellite observations of the Na D dayglow at 589 nm provide a global database for the climatology of the mesospheric sodium layer. More than five years of Na D limb observations are available from the Optical Spectrograph and InfraRed Imager System onboard the Odin satellite. We describe a robust retrieval method that provides individual sodium density profiles with a typical accuracy of 20% and altitude resolution of 2 km. Retrieved column abundances and density profiles are validated against sodium resonance lidar measurements at mid- latitudes. Examples of the seasonal and latitudinal variation of the sodium layer illustrate Odin's potential for climatological studies of mesospheric metals.

  • 26.
    Hanley, John
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    Caballero, Rodrigo
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    The role of large-scale atmospheric flow and Rossby wave breaking in the evolution of extreme windstorms over Europe2012In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 39, p. L21708-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We investigate the relationship between large-scale atmospheric flow and the evolution of the most extreme windstorms affecting Western Continental Europe. The 25 most destructive Western Continental European wind storms are selected from a 43-year climatology. 22 of these storms are grouped as having a similar trajectory and evolution. We show that these storms typically occur during particularly strong and persistent positive NAO anomalies which peak approximately 2 days before the storms' peak intensity; the NAO pattern then shifts eastward to a position over the European continent when the storms strike Europe. A temporal composite of potential temperature on the 2-PVU surface suggests that this NAO shift is the result of simultaneous cyclonic and anticyclonic wave breaking penetrating further to the east than during a typical high-NAO event. This creates an extremely intense, zonally-orientated jet over the North Atlantic whose baroclinicity favours explosive intensification of storms while steering them into Western Continental Europe.

  • 27.
    Hannachi, Abdelwaheb
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    Turner, A. G.
    Isomap nonlinear dimensionality reduction and bimodality of Asian monsoon convection2013In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 40, no 8, p. 1653-1658Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    It is known that the empirical orthogonal function method is unable to detect possible nonlinear structure in climate data. Here, isometric feature mapping (Isomap), as a tool for nonlinear dimensionality reduction, is applied to 19582001 ERA-40 sea-level pressure anomalies to study nonlinearity of the Asian summer monsoon intraseasonal variability. Using the leading two Isomap time series, the probability density function is shown to be bimodal. A two-dimensional bivariate Gaussian mixture model is then applied to identify the monsoon phases, the obtained regimes representing enhanced and suppressed phases, respectively. The relationship with the large-scale seasonal mean monsoon indicates that the frequency of monsoon regime occurrence is significantly perturbed in agreement with conceptual ideas, with preference for enhanced convection on intraseasonal time scales during large-scale strong monsoons. Trend analysis suggests a shift in concentration of monsoon convection, with less emphasis on South Asia and more on the East China Sea.

  • 28. Harden, Jennifer W.
    et al.
    Koven, Charles D.
    Ping, Chien-Lu
    Hugelius, Gustaf
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology.
    McGuire, A. David
    Camill, Phillip
    Jorgenson, Torre
    Kuhry, Peter
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology.
    Michaelson, Gary J.
    O'Donnell, Jonathan A.
    Schuur, Edward A. G.
    Tarnocai, Charles
    Johnson, Kristopher
    Grosse, Guido
    Field information links permafrost carbon to physical vulnerabilities of thawing2012In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 39, p. L15704-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Deep soil profiles containing permafrost (Gelisols) were characterized for organic carbon (C) and total nitrogen (N) stocks to 3 m depths. Using the Community Climate System Model (CCSM4) we calculate cumulative distributions of active layer thickness (ALT) under current and future climates. The difference in cumulative ALT distributions over time was multiplied by C and N contents of soil horizons in Gelisol suborders to calculate newly thawed C and N. Thawing ranged from 147 PgC with 10 PgN by 2050 (representative concentration pathway RCP scenario 4.5) to 436 PgC with 29 PgN by 2100 (RCP 8.5). Organic horizons that thaw are vulnerable to combustion, and all horizon types are vulnerable to shifts in hydrology and decomposition. The rates and extent of such losses are unknown and can be further constrained by linking field and modelling approaches. These changes have the potential for strong additional loading to our atmosphere, water resources, and ecosystems. Citation: Harden, J. W., et al. (2012), Field information links permafrost carbon to physical vulnerabilities of thawing, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L15704, doi: 10.1029/2012GL051958.

  • 29.
    Harnik, Nili
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology . Tel Aviv University, Israel.
    Messori, Gabriele
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    Caballero, Rodrigo
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    Feldstein, Steven B.
    The Circumglobal North American wave pattern and its relation to cold events in eastern North America2016In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 43, no 20, p. 11015-11023Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Extreme large-scale North American cold events are associated with strong undulations in the tropospheric jet stream which bring cold polar air southward over the continent. Here we propose that these jet undulations are associated with the North American part of the Circumglobal Teleconnection Patterna pair of zonally oriented waves of zonal wave number 5 which are in zonal quadrature with each other. While the Pacific/North American pattern is associated with the first circumglobal wave pattern, North American extreme cold events are associated with the second pattern. The 300hPa meridional wind and surface temperature anomalies associated with the Circumglobal North American wave packet are similar to those associated with the strongest eastern U.S. cold events. Both types of events are associated with a wave packet propagating all the way from Asia across the Pacific and across North America, with cold temperature anomalies spreading southeastward from Canada over the continent.

  • 30. Hartl-Meier, C. T. M.
    et al.
    Büntgen, U.
    Smerdon, J. E.
    Zorita, E.
    Krusic, Paul J.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography. University of Cambridge, UK; Navarino Environmental Observatory, Greece.
    Charpentier Ljungqvist, Fredrik
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
    Schneider, L.
    Esper, J.
    Temperature Covariance in Tree Ring Reconstructions and Model Simulations Over the Past Millennium2017In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 44, no 18, p. 9458-9469Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Spatial covariance in the simulated temperature evolution over the past millennium has been reported to exceed that of multiproxy-based reconstructions. Here we use tree ring-based temperature reconstructions and state-of-the-art climate model simulations to assess temporal changes in Northern Hemisphere intercontinental temperature covariance during the last 1000 years. Tree ring-only approaches reveal stronger agreement with model simulations compared to multiproxy networks. Although simulated temperatures exhibit a substantial spread among individual models, intercontinental temperature coherency is mainly driven by the cooling of large volcanic eruptions in 1257, 1452, 1600, and 1815 Common Era. The coherence of these synchronizing events appears to be elevated in several climate simulations relative to their own unforced covariance baselines and in comparison to the proxy reconstructions. This suggests that some models likely overestimate the amplitude of abrupt summer cooling in response to volcanic eruptions, particularly at larger spatial scales.

  • 31.
    Hendrickx, Koen
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    Megner, Linda
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    Marsh, Daniel R.
    Gumbel, Jörg
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    Strandberg, Rickard
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Mathematics.
    Martinsson, Felix
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Mathematics.
    Relative Importance of Nitric Oxide Physical Drivers in the Lower Thermosphere2017In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 44, no 19, p. 10081-10087Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Nitric oxide (NO) observations from the Solar Occultation for Ice Experiment and Student Nitric Oxide Explorer satellite instruments are investigated to determine the relative importance of drivers of short-term NO variability. We study the variations of deseasonalized NO anomalies by removing a climatology, which explains between approximately 70% and 90% of the total NO budget, and relate them to variability in geomagnetic activity and solar radiation. Throughout the lower thermosphere geomagnetic activity is the dominant process at high latitudes, while in the equatorial region solar radiation is the primary source of short-term NO changes. Consistent results are obtained on estimated geomagnetic and radiation contributions of NO variations in the two data sets, which are nearly a decade apart in time. The analysis presented here can be applied to model simulations of NO to investigate the accuracy of the parametrized physical drivers.

  • 32. Hennigan, Christopher J.
    et al.
    Westervelt, Daniel M.
    Riipinen, Ilona
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Applied Environmental Science (ITM).
    Engelhart, Gabriella J.
    Lee, Taehyoung
    Collett, Jeffrey L., Jr.
    Pandis, Spyros N.
    Adams, Peter J.
    Robinson, Allen L.
    New particle formation and growth in biomass burning plumes: An important source of cloud condensation nuclei2012In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 39, p. L09805-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Experiments were performed in an environmental chamber to characterize the effects of photo-chemical aging on biomass burning emissions. Photo-oxidation of dilute exhaust from combustion of 12 different North American fuels induced significant new particle formation that increased the particle number concentration by a factor of four (median value). The production of secondary organic aerosol caused these new particles to grow rapidly, significantly enhancing cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) concentrations. Using inputs derived from these new data, global model simulations predict that nucleation in photo-chemically aging fire plumes produces dramatically higher CCN concentrations over widespread areas of the southern hemisphere during the dry, burning season (Sept.-Oct.), improving model predictions of surface CCN concentrations. The annual indirect forcing from CCN resulting from nucleation and growth in biomass burning plumes is predicted to be -0.2 W m(-2), demonstrating that this effect has a significant impact on climate that has not been previously considered. Citation: Hennigan, C. J., D. M. Westervelt, I. Riipinen, G. J. Engelhart, T. Lee, J. L. Collett Jr., S. N. Pandis, P. J. Adams, and A. L. Robinson (2012), New particle formation and growth in biomass burning plumes: An important source of cloud condensation nuclei, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L09805, doi: 10.1029/2012GL050930.

  • 33.
    Hock, Regine
    et al.
    University of Alaska Fairbanks.
    de Woul, Mattias
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology.
    Radic, Valentina
    University of British Columbia.
    Dyurgerov, Mark
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology.
    Mountain glaciers and ice caps around Antarctica make a large sea-level rise contribution2009In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 36, no L07501Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimates that the sum of all contributions to sea‐level rise for the period 1961–2004 was 1.1 ± 0.5 mm a−1, leaving 0.7 ± 0.7 of the 1.8 ± 0.5 mm a−1 observed sea‐level rise unexplained. Here, we compute the global surface mass balance of all mountain glaciers and ice caps (MG&IC), and find that part of this much‐discussed gap can be attributed to a larger contribution than previously assumed from mass loss of MG&IC, especially those around the Antarctic Peninsula. We estimate global surface mass loss of all MG&IC as 0.79 ± 0.34 mm a−1 sea‐level equivalent (SLE) compared to IPCC's 0.50 ± 0.18 mm a−1. The Antarctic MG&IC contributed 28% of the global estimate due to exceptional warming around the Antarctic Peninsula and high sensitivities to temperature similar to those we find in Iceland, Patagonia and Alaska.

  • 34. Igel, Adele L.
    et al.
    Ekman, Annica M. L.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    Leck, Caroline
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    Tjernström, Michael
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    Savre, Julien
    Sedlar, Joseph
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    The free troposphere as a potential source of arctic boundary layer aerosol particles2017In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 44, no 13, p. 7053-7060Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study investigates aerosol particle transport from the free troposphere to the boundary layer in the summertime high Arctic. Observations from the Arctic Summer Cloud Ocean Study field campaign show several occurrences of high aerosol particle concentrations above the boundary layer top. Large-eddy simulations suggest that when these enhanced aerosol concentrations are present, they can be an important source of aerosol particles for the boundary layer. Most particles are transported to the boundary layer by entrainment. However, it is found that mixed-phase stratocumulus clouds, which often extend into the inversion layer, also can mediate the transport of particles into the boundary layer by activation at cloud top and evaporation below cloud base. Finally, the simulations also suggest that aerosol properties at the surface sometimes may not be good indicators of aerosol properties in the cloud layer.

  • 35.
    Jakobsson, Martin
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Geological Sciences.
    Mayer, Larry
    Coakley, Bernard
    Dowdeswell, Julian A.
    Forbes, Steve
    Fridman, Boris
    Hodnesdal, Hanne
    Noormets, Riko
    Pedersen, Richard
    Rebesco, Michele
    Schenke, Hans Werner
    Zarayskaya, Yulia
    Accettella, Daniela
    Armstrong, Andrew
    Anderson, Robert M.
    Bienhoff, Paul
    Camerlenghi, Angelo
    Church, Ian
    Edwards, Margo
    Gardner, James V.
    Hall, John K.
    Hell, Benjamin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Geological Sciences.
    Hestvik, Ole
    Kristoffersen, Yngve
    Marcussen, Christian
    Mohammad, Rezwan
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Geological Sciences.
    Mosher, David
    Nghiem, Son V.
    Teresa Pedrosa, Maria
    Travaglini, Paola G.
    Weatherall, Pauline
    The International Bathymetric Chart of the Arctic Ocean (IBCAO) Version 3.02012In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 39, article id L12609Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The International Bathymetric Chart of the Arctic Ocean (IBCAO) released its first gridded bathymetric compilation in 1999. The IBCAO bathymetric portrayals have since supported a wide range of Arctic science activities, for example, by providing constraint for ocean circulation models and the means to define and formulate hypotheses about the geologic origin of Arctic undersea features. IBCAO Version 3.0 represents the largest improvement since 1999 taking advantage of new data sets collected by the circum-Arctic nations, opportunistic data collected from fishing vessels, data acquired from US Navy submarines and from research ships of various nations. Built using an improved gridding algorithm, this new grid is on a 500 meter spacing, revealing much greater details of the Arctic seafloor than IBCAO Version 1.0 (2.5 km) and Version 2.0 (2.0 km). The area covered by multibeam surveys has increased from similar to 6% in Version 2.0 to similar to 11% in Version 3.0. Citation: Jakobsson, M., et al. (2012), The International Bathymetric Chart of the Arctic Ocean (IBCAO) Version 3.0, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L12609, doi:10.1029/2012GL052219.

  • 36.
    Jaramillo, Fernando
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
    Destouni, Georgia
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
    Developing water change spectra and distinguishingchange drivers worldwide2014In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 41, no 23, p. 8377-8386Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The separate and combined effects of different drivers of change to water fluxes and resources onland (CWOL) remain difficult to distinguish and largely unknown, particularly at a global scale. Our studyanalyzes CWOL during the period 1901–2008, based on available hydroclimatic data for up to 859 hydrologicalbasins. We develop a worldwide spectrum of change magnitudes and directions in Budyko space, from whichwe distinguish climate and landscape drivers of CWOL. We find that landscape drivers (e.g., changes in landand water use, water storage or water phase) are needed to explain CWOL in at least 74% of the basins studied.The water change effects of such landscape drivers are mostly opposite to those of atmospheric climatechange. The change spectrum approach we developed provides a useful tool for quantifying and visualizingCWOL and for distinguishing the effects of climate and landscape drivers across regions and scales.

  • 37.
    Johansson, Erik
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology . Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI), Sweden.
    Devasthale, Abhay
    Ekman, Annica M. L.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    Tjernström, Michael
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    L'Ecuyer, Tristan
    How Does Cloud Overlap Affect the Radiative Heating in the Tropical Upper Troposphere/Lower Stratosphere?2019In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 46, no 10, p. 5623-5631Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Characterizing two-layer cloud systems has historically been difficult. These systems have a strong radiative impact on the composition of and the processes in the upper troposphere-lower stratosphere (UTLS). Using 4 years of combined spaceborne lidar and radar observations, the radiative impact of two-layer cloud systems in the tropical UTLS is characterized, and its sensitivity to the properties of top- and bottom-layer clouds is further quantified. Under these overlapping cloud conditions, the bottom-layer clouds can fully suppress the radiative heating caused by high clouds in the UTLS, by inducing strong longwave cooling. If the vertical separation between the layers is <4 km, the radiative heating of the high cloud changes sign from positive to negative. Furthermore, the radiative effect at the top of the atmosphere is investigated, and it is found that the characteristic net warming by cirrus with ice water path <50 g/m(2) is suppressed in the two-layered system.

  • 38.
    Johansson, Erik
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology . Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI), Sweden.
    Devasthale, Abhay
    Tjernström, Michael
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    Ekman, Annica M. L.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    L'Ecuyer, Tristan
    Response of the lower troposphere to moisture intrusions into the Arctic2017In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 44, no 5, p. 2527-2536Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Water vapor intrusions (WVIs) explain a significant fraction of total moisture transport and its variability in the Arctic. WVIs can precondition the Arctic atmosphere for accelerated melting of sea ice through effects on surface longwave radiation. Using data from the NASA's A-Train convoy of satellites to estimate the response of the lower troposphere to WVIs into the Arctic, we show that WVIs are associated with a surface warming of up to 5.3K (3.3K) in winter and 2.3K (1.6K) in summer, when averaged over the entire Arctic Ocean. The intrusions also lead to additional cloud radiative heating of up to 0.15K/d via up to 30% increased cloudiness in the vertical and also cause a weakening of the stability in the lower troposphere. The lower tropospheric and surface warming during winter and spring highlights the importance of understanding contribution of preconditioning to accelerated ice melt in the Arctic.

  • 39. Josey, S. A.
    et al.
    Yu, L.
    Gulev, S.
    Jin, X.
    Tilinina, N.
    Barnier, B.
    Brodeau, Laurent
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    Unexpected impacts of the Tropical Pacific array on reanalysis surface meteorology and heat fluxes2014In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 41, no 17, p. 6213-6220Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The Tropical Pacific mooring array has been a key component of the climate observing system since the early 1990s. We identify a pattern of strong near surface humidity anomalies, colocated with the array, in the widely used European Center for Medium Range Weather Forecasting Interim atmospheric reanalysis. The pattern generates large, previously unrecognized latent and net air-sea heat flux anomalies, up to 50 Wm−2 in the annual mean, in reanalysis derived data sets employed for climate studies (TropFlux) and ocean model forcing (the Drakkar Forcing Set). As a consequence, uncertainty in Tropical Pacific ocean heat uptake between the 1990s and early 2000s at the mooring sites is significant with mooring colocated differences in decadally averaged ocean heat uptake as large as 20 Wm−2. Furthermore, these results have major implications for the dual use of air-sea flux buoys as reference sites and sources of assimilation data that are discussed.

  • 40.
    Kapsch, Marie-Luise
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    Graversen, Rune G.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    Economou, Theodoros
    Tjernström, Michael
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    The importance of spring atmospheric conditions for predictions of the Arctic summer sea ice extent2014In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 41, no 14, p. 5288-5296Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Recent studies have shown that atmospheric processes in spring play an important role for the initiation of the summer ice melt and therefore may strongly influence the September sea ice concentration (SSIC). Here a simple statistical regression model based on only atmospheric spring parameters is applied in order to predict the SSIC over the major part of the Arctic Ocean. By using spring anomalies of downwelling longwave radiation or atmospheric water vapor as predictor variables, correlation coefficients between observed and predicted SSIC of up to 0.5 are found. These skills of seasonal SSIC predictions are similar to those obtained using more complex dynamical forecast systems, despite the fact that the simple model applied here takes neither information of the sea ice state, oceanic conditions nor feedback mechanisms during summer into account. The results indicate that a realistic representation of spring atmospheric conditions in the prediction system plays an important role for the predictive skills of a model system.

  • 41. Karl, Matthias
    et al.
    Leck, Caroline
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    Coz, Esther
    Heintzenberg, Jost
    Marine nanogels as a source of atmospheric nanoparticles in the high Arctic2013In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 40, no 14, p. 3738-3743Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The high Arctic (north of 80 degrees N) in summer is a region characterized by clean air and low abundances of preexisting particles. Marine colloidal nanogels i.e., assembled dissolved organic carbohydrate polymer networks have recently been confirmed to be present in both airborne particles and cloud water over the Arctic pack ice area. A novel route to atmospheric nanoparticles that appears to be operative in the high Arctic is suggested. It involves the injection of marine granular nanogels into the air from evaporating fog and cloud droplets, and is supported by observational and theoretical evidence obtained from a case study. Statistical analysis of the aerosol size distribution data recorded in the years 1991, 1996, 2001, and 2008 classified 75nanoparticle eventscovering 17% of the observed time periodas nanogel-type events, characterized by the spontaneous appearance of several distinct size bands below 200nm diameter.

  • 42.
    Karlsson, Johannes
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    Svensson, Gunilla
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    Consequences of poor representation of Arctic sea-ice albedo and cloud-radiation interactions in the CMIP5 model ensemble2013In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 40, no 16, p. 4374-4379Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Clouds significantly influence the Arctic surface energy budget and a realistic representation of this impact is a key for proper simulation of the present-day and future climate. Considerable across-model spread in cloud variables remains in the fifth phase of Coupled Model Intercomparison Project ensemble and partly explains the substantial across-model spread in the surface radiative effect of the clouds. In summer, the extensive model differences in sea-ice albedo, which sets the potential of the cloud-albedo effect, are strongly positively correlated to their cloud radiative effect. This indicates that the model's sea-ice albedo not only determines the amount, but also the sign of its cloud radiative effect. The analysis further suggests that the present-day annual amplitude of sea-ice cover depends inversely on the model's sea-ice albedo. Given the present-day across-model spread in sea-ice albedo and coverage, a transition to a summer ice-free Arctic ocean translates to a model-span of increased surface shortwave absorption of about 75 W m(- 2).

  • 43. Kim, Joo-Hong
    et al.
    Moon, Woosok
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Mathematics. Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, Sweden.
    Wells, Andrew J.
    Wilkinson, Jeremy P.
    Langton, Tom
    Hwang, Byongjun
    Granskog, Mats A.
    Jones, David W. Rees
    Salinity Control of Thermal Evolution of Late Summer Melt Ponds on Arctic Sea Ice2018In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 45, no 16, p. 8304-8313Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The thermal evolution of melt ponds on Arctic sea ice was investigated through a combination of autonomous observations and two-dimensional high-resolution fluid dynamics simulations. We observed one relatively fresh pond and one saline pond on the same ice floe, with similar depth. The comparison of observations and simulations indicates that thermal convection dominates in relatively fresh ponds, but conductive heat transfer dominates in salt-stratified ponds. Using a parameterized surface energy balance, we estimate that the heat flux to the ice is larger under the saline pond than the freshwater pond when averaged over the observational period. The deviation is sensitive to assumed wind, varying between 3 and 14 W/m(2) for winds from 0 to 5 m/s. If this effect persists as conditions evolve through the melt season, our results suggest that this imbalance potentially has a climatologically significant impact on sea-ice evolution. Plain Language Summary Sea ice provides key feedbacks on polar and global climate, with melt ponds being particularly significant. Melt ponds darken the ice surface, thereby increasing the absorption of sunlight and accelerating ice melt. This study provides a new perspective on melt-pond salinity, its previously unrecognized significance in controlling the thermal properties of ponds, and the potential impact on ice melting as we transition toward a younger sea ice cover. Many state-of-the-art sea ice models represent melt ponds as a freshwater layer with a surface temperature of 0 degrees C, consistent with a past Arctic ocean dominated by desalinated perennial ice and relatively fresh ponds. However, perennial ice has diminished in recent decades, with increasing prevalence of young saline ice. This leads to ponds with a wider range of salinities and temperatures. We show that salinity strongly impacts pond temperatures, using observations of adjacent freshwater and saline melt ponds on Arctic sea ice. Combining this data with model simulations, we find that melt-pond salinity impacts heat transfer to the ice below and the resulting melting rate. Our study reveals that melt-pond salinity and salt stratification are key variables influencing heat transfer in melt ponds, which need to be considered in future model development.

  • 44. Kitade, Yujiro
    et al.
    Shimada, Keishi
    Tamura, Takeshi
    Williams, Guy D.
    Aoki, Shigeru
    Fukamachi, Yasushi
    Roquet, Fabien
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    Hindell, Mark
    Ushio, Shuki
    Ohshima, Kay I.
    Antarctic Bottom Water production from the Vincennes Bay Polynya, East Antarctica2014In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 41, no 10, p. 3528-3534Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    One year moorings at depths greater than 3000m on the continental slope off Vincennes Bay, East Antarctica, reveal the cold (<-0.5 degrees C) and fresh (<34.64) signals of newly formed Antarctic Bottom Water (AABW). The signal appeared in June, 3 months after the onset of active sea-ice production in the nearby Vincennes Bay Polynya (VBP). The AABW signal continued for about 5 months at two moorings, with 1 month delay at the western site further downstream. Ship-based hydrographic data are in agreement, detecting the westward spread of new AABW over the continental slope from VBP. On the continental shelf, Dense Shelf Water (DSW) formation is observed by instrumented seals, in and around the VBP during autumn, and we estimate its transport to be 0.16 +/- 0.07 (x 106m3s-1). We conclude that the DSW formed in this region, albeit from a modest amount of sea-ice production, nonetheless contributes to the upper layer of AABW in Australian-Antarctic Basin.

  • 45.
    Kjellsson, Joakim
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    Döös, Kristofer
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    Lagrangian decomposition of the Hadley and Ferrel cells2012In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 39, p. L15807-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The meridional overturning circulation of the atmosphere between 45°S and 45°N is decomposed using simulated 3D Lagrangian trajectories for calculating the Lagrangian overturning streamfunctions. This permits an analysis of meridional mass transports which otherwise cancel in time-averaged zonal-mean Eulerian streamfunctions. Overturning circulations inferred from trajectories of no net meridional transport are qualitatively similar to the Eulerian mean, but yield half the Hadley cell amplitude, and twice that of the Ferrel cell. Cross-equatorial transports of some 130 Sv result in two cells that account for the remainder of the Hadley cells. The overturning in midlatiudes is partly cancelled by large (≈150 Sv) meridional transports approximately following isentropes. Changes and implications for various coordinate systems, e.g., isentropic, are also discussed.

  • 46.
    Krusic, Paul J.
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology.
    Cook, E. R.
    Dukpa, D.
    Putnam, A. E.
    Rupper, S.
    Schaefer, J.
    Six hundred thirty-eightyears of summer temperature variability over the Bhutanese Himalaya2015In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 42, no 8, p. 2988-2994Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    High-resolution tree ring reconstructions from the Himalaya provide essential context for assessing impacts of future climate change on regional water reserves and downstream agriculture. Here we evaluate a small network of tree ring chronologies from Bhutan to produce a 638 year summer temperature reconstruction, from 1376-2013 (Common Era)C.E. Relative to the 1950-2013C.E. average summer temperature three prominent cold periods stand out, two in the midfifteenth century, and one in the late seventeenth century. The warmest period began in the first decade of the 21st century coinciding with the timing of general glacier recession in the eastern Himalaya that continues to the present. The Bhutan temperature reconstruction exhibits a significant correlation to known volcanic eruptions (p=97%) and anomalously cold periods appear to align with solar irradiance minima in the fifteenth, late seventeenth, and early nineteenth centuries, implying a link between solar variability and decadal-scale temperature variability.

  • 47. Lee, Sukyoung
    et al.
    Woods, Cian
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    Caballero, Rodrigo
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    Relation Between Arctic Moisture Flux and Tropical Temperature Biases in CMIP5 Simulations and Its Fingerprint in RCP8.5 Projections2019In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 46, no 2, p. 1088-1096Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Arctic moisture intrusions have played an important role in warming the Arctic over the past few decades. A prior study found that Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 (CMIP5) models exhibit large regional biases in the moisture flux across 70 degrees N. It is shown here that the systematic misrepresentation of the moisture flux is related to the models' overprediction of zonal wavenumber k = 2 contribution and underprediction of k = 1 contribution to the flux. Models with a warmer tropical upper troposphere and El-Nino-like tropical surface temperature tend to simulate stronger k = 2 flux, while k = 1 flux is uncorrelated with tropical upper tropospheric temperature and is associated with La-Nina-like surface temperature. The models also overpredict the transient eddy moisture flux while underpredicting the stationary eddy flux. Moreover, future projections in Representative Concentration Pathway 8.5 (RCP8.5) simulations show trends in moisture flux that is consistent with biases in historical simulations, suggesting that these CMIP5 projections reflect the same error(s) that cause the model biases. Plain Language Summary The Arctic is the region where climate change has been most rapid. A growing body of work indicates that moisture intrusions into Arctic have played an important role in warming the Arctic over the past decades. Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 (CMIP5) models have served as a critical tool for projecting future climate changes. Therefore, it is imperative to evaluate whether the physical processes governing moisture intrusions are accurately represented by the models. It is shown here that there is a systematic misrepresentation of the moisture flux into the Arctic related to the models' biased representation of tropical temperatures. Moreover, future projections in Representative Concentration Pathway 8.5 (RCP8.5) simulations show moisture flux trends that are consistent with biases in historical simulations, suggesting that these CMIP5 projections reflect the same error(s) that cause the model biases. It is common practice to regard averages across climate model as being the true response to climate forcing. The findings here question this widespread assumption and underscore the need to pay close attention to model biases and their causes.

  • 48. Lembo, V.
    et al.
    Messori, Gabriele
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology . Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Graversen, R.
    Lucarini, V.
    Spectral Decomposition and Extremes of Atmospheric Meridional Energy Transport in the Northern Hemisphere Midlatitudes2019In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 46, no 13, p. 7602-7613Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The atmospheric meridional energy transport in the Northern Hemisphere midlatitudes is mainly accomplished by planetary and synoptic waves. A decomposition into wave components highlights the strong seasonal dependence of the transport, with both the total transport and the contributions from planetary and synoptic waves peaking in winter. In both winter and summer months, poleward transport extremes primarily result from a constructive interference between planetary and synoptic motions. The contribution of the mean meridional circulation is close to climatology. Equatorward transport extremes feature a mean meridional equatorward transport in winter, while the planetary and synoptic modes mostly transport energy poleward. In summer, a systematic destructive interference occurs, with planetary modes mostly transporting energy equatorward and synoptic modes again poleward. This underscores that baroclinic conversion dominates regardless of season in the synoptic wave modes, whereas the planetary waves can be either free or forced, depending on the season. Plain Language Summary The atmospheric heat transport from low to high latitudes is the main mechanism through which the climate reequilibrates the latitudinally uneven absorption of solar radiation. The atmospheric transport is fueled by instabilities driven by the presence of temperature differences between low and high latitudes and acts in such a way to reduce such gradient. This is one of the main stabilizing mechanisms of the climate system. In this work, we investigate how motions of different spatial scales contribute to atmospheric heat transports in the Northern Hemisphere. We discover that the relative importance of synoptic and planetary scale atmospheric motions is different in summer and winter. Our analysis delves into the analysis of events associated with extreme heat transport toward high latitudes, where we see a compensating mechanism between synoptic and planetary atmospheric motions. We further study days characterized by very large and very small (or even negative) heat transport toward the high latitudes. These extreme events are driven by complex interactions between the different scales. Our results are relevant for elucidating basic dynamical and thermodynamical properties of the atmosphere and can be used to benchmark the performance of climate models.

  • 49. Lu, Zhengyao
    et al.
    Miller, Paul A.
    Zhang, Qiong
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
    Zhang, Qiang
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
    Wårlind, David
    Nieradzik, Lars
    Sjolte, Jesper
    Smith, Benjamin
    Dynamic Vegetation Simulations of the Mid-Holocene Green Sahara2018In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 45, no 16, p. 8294-8303Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The Green Sahara is a period when North Africa was characterized by vegetation cover and wetlands. To qualitatively identify the orbital-climatic causation of the Green Sahara regime, we performed dynamic vegetation model (LPJ-GUESS) simulations, driven by climate forcings from coupled general circulation model (EC-Earth) simulations for the mid-Holocene, in which the vegetation is prescribed to be either modern desert or artificially vegetated with a reduced dust load. LPJ-GUESS simulates a vegetated Sahara covered by both herbaceous and woody vegetation types consistent with proxy reconstructions only in the latter scenario. Sensitivity experiments identify interactions required to capture the northward extension of vegetation. Increased precipitation is the main driver of the vegetation extent changes, and the temperature anomalies determine the plant functional types mainly through altered fire disturbance. Furthermore, the simulated vegetation composition also depends on the correct representation of soil texture in a humid environment like Green Sahara. Plain Language Summary The Sahara Desert experienced wet and vegetated conditions in the past. The vegetation-atmosphere feedbacks play an important role in sustaining vegetation cover in that region. Here we perform dynamic vegetation model simulations to reproduce herbaceous and woody vegetation types in North Africa 6,000 years ago. We further investigate separately the relative importance of various climate forcings (precipitation, temperature, radiation, and soil temperature) in inducing the Green Sahara. We conclude that vegetation extent is mainly determined by precipitation, while vegetation composition is mainly determined by temperature, and the correct representation of soil texture is also important. Future modeling work considering dynamic vegetation-atmosphere feedbacks could be valuable for providing analogues to Sahara/Sahel climate and vegetation regimes in the past and future.

  • 50.
    Lundin, Erik J.
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry. Umeå University, Sweden.
    Klaminder, Jonatan
    Giesler, Reiner
    Persson, Andreas
    Olefeldt, David
    Heliasz, Michal
    Christensen, Torben R.
    Karlsson, Jan
    Is the subarctic landscape still a carbon sink? Evidence from a detailed catchment balance2016In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 43, no 5, p. 1988-1995Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Climate warming raises the question whether high-latitude landscape still function as net carbon (C) sinks. By compiling an integrated C balance for an intensely studied subarctic catchment, we show that this catchment's C balance is not likely to be a strong current sink of C, a commonly held assumption. In fact, it is more plausible (71% probability) that the studied catchment functions as a C source (-1120gCm(-2)yr(-1)). Analyses of individual fluxes indicate that soil and aquatic C losses offset C sequestering in other landscape components (e.g., peatlands and aboveground forest biomass). Our results stress the importance of fully integrated catchment C balance estimates and highlight the importance of upland soils and their interaction with the aquatic network for the catchment C balance.

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