Asian Monsoon

The Asian monsoon climate system plays a significant role in large-scale climate variability over much of the globe.  Due to its considerable importance to global climate and implications for the worlds population, there is an urgent need for greater understanding of this system, with the ultimate goal being improved prediction on annual to decadal and longer time scales.  For the next five years, with the support of an unprecedented NSF award, we are committed to apply the science of dendrochronology to address several key questions regarding the relationship between the Asian monsoon and three large-scale, coupled processes that drive much of its variability:  1) Asian land surface air temperatures, 2) Sea surface temperature (SST) anomalies in the Indian Ocean, and 3) Tropical Pacific SST anomalies associated with the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO).

Current Asian Monsoon tree-ring network 3/2006.