Advances in Global Change Research

Climate Variability and Change in High Elevation Regions: Past, Present & Future

Editors: Diaz, Henry F. (Ed.)

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Glaciers in the Andes are particularly important natural archives of present and past climatic and environmental changes, in significant part because of the N-S trend of this topographic barrier and its influence on the atmospheric circulation of the southern hemisphere. Strong gradients in the seasonality and amount of precipitation exist between the equator and 30° S. Large differences in amount east and west of the Andean divide also occur, as well as a change from tropical summer precipitation (additionally modified by the seasonal shift of the circulation belts) to winter precipitation in the west wind belt (e. g. , Yuille, 1999; Garraud and Aceituno, 2001). The so-called 'dry axis' lies between the tropical and extra­ tropical precipitation regimes (Figure 1). The high mountain desert within this axis responds most sensitively to the smallest changes in effective moisture. An important hydro-meteorological feature on a seasonal to inter-annual time-scale is the occurrence of EN SO events, which strongly control the mass balance of glaciers in this area (e. g. , Wagnon et ai. , 2001; Francou et ai. , in press). The precipitation pattern is an important factor for the interpretation of climatic and environmental records extracted from ice cores, because much of this information is related to conditions at the actual time of precipitation, and this is especially so for stable isotope records. Several ice cores have recently been drilled to bedrock in this area. From Huascanin (Thompson et ai. , 1995), Sajama (Thompson et ai.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Climate Variability and Change in High Elevation Regions: Past, Present and Future

    Diaz, Henry F. (et al.)

    Pages 1-4

  • Climatic Change in Mountain Regions: A Review of Possible Impacts

    Beniston, Martin

    Pages 5-31

  • Variability of Freezing Levels, Melting Season Indicators, and Snow Cover for Selected High-Elevation and Continental Regions in the Last 50 Years

    Diaz, Henry F. (et al.)

    Pages 33-52

  • Comparison of Lower-Tropospheric Temperature Climatologies and Trends at Low and High Elevation Radiosonde Sites

    Seidel, Dian J. (et al.)

    Pages 53-74

  • 20th Century Climate Change in the Tropical Andes: Observations and Model Results

    Vuille, Mathias (et al.)

    Pages 75-99

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Climate Variability and Change in High Elevation Regions: Past, Present & Future
Editors
  • Henry F. Diaz
Series Title
Advances in Global Change Research
Series Volume
15
Copyright
2003
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-015-1252-7
DOI
10.1007/978-94-015-1252-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-1386-7
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-6322-9
Series ISSN
1574-0919
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 283
Number of Illustrations and Tables
112 b/w illustrations, 10 illustrations in colour
Additional Information
Reprinted from CLIMATIC CHANGE, 59:1-2
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