Award for most sited climate paper at SpringerLink in 2015

The paper Arctic sea ice and Eurasian climate: A Review was the most downloaded paper published in Advances in Atmospheric Sciences at SpingerLink in 2015. This review paper addressing the linkages between the climate in Arctic and in Europe, North America and Asia has been downloaded more that 1600 times. This paper is written in cooperation between scientists at Nansen-Zhu International Centre, Institute of Atmospheric Physics and Climate Change Research Centre of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, and the Nansen Center, UniResearch and Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen, partners of the Bjerknes Center in Bergen. This bilateral China Norwegian research cooperation and publication addresses relevant and interesting climate research topic has been funded through project supported by the Research Council of Norway, the European Commission 7th Framework Program, Nordic Council of Ministers and the National Natural Sciences Foundation of China.

The paper give an overview the fundamental role of the Arctic in the climate system and document the significant climate change in recent decades, including the Arctic warming and decline of Arctic sea-ice extent and thickness. In contrast to the Arctic warming and reduction of Arctic sea ice, Europe, East Asia and North America have experienced anomalously cold conditions, with record snowfall during recent years. In this paper, we review current understanding of the sea-ice impacts on the Eurasian climate. Paleo, observational and modelling studies are covered to summarize several major themes, including: the variability of Arctic sea ice and its controls; the likely causes and apparent impacts of the Arctic sea-ice decline during the satellite era, as well as past and projected future impacts and trends; the links and feedback mechanisms between the Arctic sea ice and the Arctic Oscillation/North Atlantic Oscillation, the recent Eurasian cooling, winter atmospheric circulation, summer precipitation in East Asia, spring snowfall over Eurasia, East Asian winter monsoon, and midlatitude extreme weather; and the remote climate response (e.g. atmospheric circulation, air temperature) to changes in Arctic sea ice. The paper concludes with a brief summary and suggestions for future research.


Citation: Gao, Yongqi, Jianqi Sun, Fei Li, Shengping He, Stein Sandven, Qing Yan,Zhongshi Zhang, Katja Lohmann , Noel Keenlyside, Tore Furevik, and Lingling Suo, 2015: Arctic sea ice and Eurasian climate: A review. Adv. Atmos. Sci., 32(1), 92–114, doi: 10.1007/s00376-014-0009-6.

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