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ji xue da chi du qi hou xiao ying zong shu
Pages: 595-601
Year: Issue:  4
Journal: Journal of Glaciology and Geocryology

Keyword:  snow-albedo effectsnow-hydrological effectAsia monsoonENSO;
Abstract: This paper reviews the significant advances from studies of the large scale effects of seasonal snow cover on climate dynamics. Major problems in the earlier statistical studies and recent model simulations have been discussed by highlighting snow data uncertainties. The author argues that detailed and accurate information on spatial patterns, seasonal cycle, and year-to-year variability of snow cover is needed to throw light on the underlying physical mechanisms of their effects on climate dynamics and climate change. It is still a challenge to detect and identify a sustained impact of snow cover over the Tibetan Plateau on Asian monsoon development. The cause-effect connection between ENSO, Asian monsoon and Eurasian snow cover is needed to be examined further with realistic snow cover.
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